University City District Blog

Aug 08, 2017 12 days ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

There are no typical days at the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, University City District’s workforce development program that’s been connecting unemployed West Philadelphians to jobs with major local employers since 2011. Throw a dart at a calendar and a given day may feature on-the-job training with a future employer, a presentation on financial literacy, or mock interviews designed to prepare participants for the real thing with a potential employer. Is it a Friday?

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Aug 01, 2017 19 days ago

Seven New Members Join UCD Board of Directors

We at UCD are pleased to announce seven new members to our Board of Directors, which is comprised of community, business, institutional, and non-profit leaders from within University City. The new additions to the board are: Elizabeth Azari from the National Board of Medical Examiners; Mark Celoni from Pennoni Associates; David Forde from University of the Sciences, and Michael Froehlich from  Cedar Park Neighbors; Ken Gedaka from FMC Corporation; Keith Kasper from Penn Medicine; and George Poulin from Powelton Village Civic Association.

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Jul 28, 2017 23 days ago

Food Trucks and PECO Performances at The Porch August Lineup

August is a great time to enjoy The Porch! Throughout the month, we'll welcome two food trucks each weekday to serve lunch at The Porch at 30th. Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11:30 am to 2 pm. Also, stop by for breakfast Thursdays beginning at 7 am! This month we will also be debuting Pub at The Porch, a new partnership with Bridgewater's that will offer beer and wine on select weekday evenings.

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Jul 24, 2017 27 days ago

2017 Movies in Clark Park

Free movies are returning to University City! UCD, in partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and Friends of Clark Park, will once again present Movies in Clark Park, five weeks of free outdoor movies. Each screening will be preceded by fun activities and offerings from local organizations and performance groups.

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Jul 12, 2017 39 days ago

Free Water Ice Giveaway from Trolley Car Station

Looking to beat the heat? Celebrate the beginning of major construction at the Trolley Car Station, a diner coming to University City in 2018. Come enjoy FREE water ice from Trolley Car Ice Cream at the intersection of 40th and Baltimore at the Trolley Portal on Wednesday, July 19th from 4:30-6:30 pm. No forms, no catch-- just FREE water ice (while supplies last)!
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Jul 12, 2017 39 days ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: Local Innovator Judy Wicks

Even if you don’t know Judy Wicks by name, chances are if you live in University City, care about where your food comes from, or have shopped at a lifestyle store in Philadelphia, you’ve been impacted by her legacy.

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Jun 26, 2017 55 days ago

Food Trucks at The Porch July Lineup

July is a great time to enjoy The Porch! Starting Wednesday July 5th, we'll welcome two food trucks each weekday to serve lunch at The Porch at 30th. Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11:30 am to 2 pm. Also, stop by for breakfast Thursdays beginning at 7 am! See the full lineup below, and make sure to follow The Porch on Twitter and Facebook for any changes.

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Jun 26, 2017 55 days ago

University City Dining Days Returns July 13-23

University City Dining Days, our popular “3 courses, 3 prices” promotion, returns for ten days this summer, running July 13th - 23rd. Thirty popular University City dining destinations – including five restaurants participating for the first time—will offer a pre-fixe three-course dinner special for $15, $25 or $35. Dining Days is part of UCD’s Summer in University City programming, expanded this year to celebrate our 20th anniversary. 

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Jun 20, 2017 2 months ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: Dahlak

All year we are publishing stories in our 20 Years, 20 Stories series to celebrate UCD's 20th anniversary.

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Jun 12, 2017 2 months ago

How to Conquer the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

Since its debut in 2010, the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll has grown into a hugely popular event. Neighbors and Philadelphians from around the city convene on Baltimore Avenue to enjoy $1 deals from local businesses, plus live music, free activities for kids, and a chance to experience one of our favorite commercial corridors in West Philadelphia. Whether you’re a seasoned Stroller or visiting for the first time, here are some ways to make the most out of your Dollar Stroll experience.

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Jun 06, 2017 2 months ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: Clark Park

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the words Clark Park? We polled people and received answers ranging from simple things like sledding, dogs, drumming, trees, Charles Dickens, and soccer, to loftier responses like relationships, childhood, tranquility, and diversity.

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Jun 06, 2017 2 months ago

Trolley Portal Gardens Construction Update

In December we celebrated a ceremonial groundbreaking for Trolley Portal Gardens, the future site of a public space and restaurant at the 40th Street Trolley Portal. Since then, UCD has been hard at work with our partners, finalizing the details needed to start construction.

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May 23, 2017 2 months ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: The Mayor of The Porch at 30th Street Station

The Mayor. His Royness. The Guy in the Purple. Whatever you call him, if you’ve been to The Porch at 30th Street Station, you’ve probably seen Roy, the man who keeps the space running day in and day out. 

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May 23, 2017 2 months ago

Food Trucks at The Porch June Lineup

June is a great time to enjoy The Porch! All month long we'll welcome two food trucks each weekday to serve lunch at The Porch at 30th. Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11:30 am to 2 pm. Also, stop by for breakfast on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at 7 am! See the full lineup below, and make sure to follow The Porch on Twitter and Facebook for any changes.

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May 18, 2017 3 months ago

Brookings Institution Releases Report on How the University City-Center City Innovation District Can Help Philadelphia Excel Globally and Serve Locally

The Brookings Institution, the nonprofit organization devoted to independent research and policy solutions, recently completed their two year study on the emerging innovation district in University City and western Center City. For the study, Brookings worked with 10 major institutions and firms to analyze the strengths of the local anchor institutions, and to identify opportunities for advancing the district’s innovation ecosystem and improving the competitive position of the Philadelphia region.

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May 11, 2017 3 months ago

The 40th Street Summer Series Kicks off 5/20 with Sun Ra Arkestra

On May 20th we are welcoming Sun Ra Arkestra back to the 40th Street Summer Series! The 40th Street Summer Series—co-produced by University City District, the University of Pennsylvania, and The Rotunda—will once again enliven the green area behind the Walnut Street Library at 40th Street with free, family-friendly monthly performances.

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May 09, 2017 3 months ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: Meet the Original and Current Leaders of UCD

2017 is the 20th anniversary of University City District. To commemorate this milestone, we are publishing 20 Stories, 20 Years, a rich compilation of the ways in which UCD has impacted the neighborhood through our work, told by the people who have made University City the vibrant, healthy and diverse community it is today. 

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Apr 25, 2017 3 months ago

Food Trucks at The Porch May Lineup

May is a great time to enjoy The Porch! All month long we'll welcome two food trucks each weekday to serve lunch at The Porch at 30th. Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11:30 am to 2 pm. Also check out Schmear It serving up hot bagels and coffee on Thursdays from 7 am until 9:30 am. See the full lineup below, and make sure to follow The Porch on Twitter and Facebook for any changes.

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Apr 24, 2017 3 months ago

UCD Selected as Philadelphia Market Recipient of Bank of America's Neighborhood Builders Award

We are thrilled to announce we have been named the 2016 market recipient for Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders® award. This coveted grant is given to support high-performing nonprofits making a significant impact in the community.

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Apr 24, 2017 3 months ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: University City Arts League

University City District launched in 1997, as dedicated residents, institutions and businesses came together to create an organization to help transform their community. Throughout 2017 we will be celebrating our 20th anniversary by holding community events and reflecting on the accomplishments of our organization, the community, and the many people who made the work possible. Read other stories in our 20 Years, 20 Stories here. 

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