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Dec 13, 2022 3 months ago

Your 2022 Guide to the Holidays in University City

West Philadelphia is getting festive during this holiday season, with unique performances, ongoing deals at local small businesses and restaurants, and plenty of opportunities to shop from local vendors. Click to learn more!

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Nov 29, 2022 3 months ago

West Philly Holiday Hoopla on Saturday, Dec. 10th!

On Saturday, December 10, celebrate the holiday season with events and deals across University City and West Philadelphia! Get into the holiday spirit by shopping at local vendor markets, enjoying one-day offers from restaurants and small businesses, and enjoying festive events throughout the neighborhood.

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Jun 21, 2022 8 months ago

Welcoming Three New UCD Board Members

We are pleased to announce three new members to our University City District 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: David Beaupré, Vice President for Finance & Administration and Treasurer at St. Joseph's University; Tracy S.

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May 18, 2022 10 months ago

Summer Events in University City!

Each summer University City District partners with local businesses, restaurants, organizations, and performers to present a robust schedule of free and fun events throughout University City. Make sure to mark your calendars with these dates and details so you don't miss our exciting programming for Summer 2022!

Want even more events? Make sure to visit our Community Calendar

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Oct 22, 2021 16 months ago

Get Hired During the West Philly Restaurant Job Fair

University City District is working with local restaurants to offer $100 signing bonuses (some conditions apply) and, in some cases, on-the-spot interviews for candidates interested in front-and-back-of-house positions. The application for this event has closed. If you are interested in applying for positions with local restaurant employers, you may reach out to them directly. If you have any questions, please email mariya@universitycity.org

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Jul 30, 2020 2 years ago

Labor Market Report for July 31st, 2020

Every week, we will be publishing labor market industry (LMI) data and important trends to consider in the development of an equitable economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. We are always looking for opportunities to learn, grow, and collaborate. Email wpsi@universitycity.org to learn more.


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May 23, 2017 5 years 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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Mar 27, 2017 5 years ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: The Dirt Factory

On Saturday, April 8th UCD will host our annual Dirt Day event at The Dirt Factory. During Dirt Day, neighbors can collect up to 10 gallons per person of screened compost produced from University City’s fallen leaves and food scraps, and get samples of their soil tested for lead, cadmium, and arsenic.

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Dec 06, 2016 6 years ago

Breaking Ground on Trolley Portal Gardens

We did it! On Tuesday, December 6th, Mayor James Kenney and other key stakeholders joined us as we broke ground on Trolley Portal Gardens, the future home of a public space and restaurant at the 40th Street Trolley Portal. This public-private partnership between UCD, SEPTA, the City of Philadelphia, and neighborhood stakeholders will transform a blighted and unwelcoming place into a vibrant and social space and a new restaurant called Trolley Car Station.

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Oct 13, 2016 6 years ago

Looking Back at Five Years of the Skills Initiative

On Wednesday, October 5th, University City District celebrated five years of the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, which has transformed the lives of hundreds of previously unemployed West Philadelphia residents. This event was a special opportunity to look back on our graduates' accomplishments and honor the vital contributions of our partners. 

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