University City District Blog

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Feb 24, 2022 4 months ago

UCD Data Digest: Examining Bicycling Statistics in West Philadelphia

Recently, the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Transportation, Infrastructure and Sustainability (OTIS) announced plans to implement new street safety measures on portions of West Market and Chestnut Streets, two of the main east/west thoroughfares that cross West Philad

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Feb 16, 2022 4 months ago

Two Traffic Safety Projects Coming to West Philadelphia

The City of Philadelphia will soon begin two complete street safety projects in West Philadelphia that will be constructed this year as part of scheduled PA Department of Transportation (PennDOT) repaving. Each project will offer more than 2 miles of increased traffic safety for people who walk, take transit, bike, and drive on those streets.

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Feb 12, 2022 4 months ago

Spring Clean-up! Join UCD and the City of Philadelphia for a Community Clean-up on April 2nd, 2022

Throughout the year, UCD organizes multiple volunteer cleaning efforts. Please save the date for Saturday, April 2nd, 2022, when UCD will be organizing its next community cleanup in coordination with the citywide Philly Spring Cleanup. Help keep your neighborhood clean by tidying up your streets from 9 AM to 2 PM.

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Feb 09, 2022 4 months ago

University City District's 2021 Annual Review

Each year, we at University City District invest in the vitality of our neighborhood. We foster clean, safe, and active streets; we cultivate civic infrastructure and activate dormant public spaces through placemaking efforts; we plan and execute signature local events; and we create an opportunity infrastructure that connects talented Philadelphians to life-altering careers at major employers. Although 2021 presented new challenges, our commitment to changing places and changing lives never wavered.

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Jan 21, 2022 5 months ago

UCD Data Digest: Reflecting on Two Years of Job Posting Data

Back in early 2020, we started sharing weekly labor market trends as COVID-19 began to significantly disrupt normal hiring patterns. Nearly two years after the first cases were detected in the US, we have a much better picture of the long-term impacts on jobs in our region.  

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Jan 12, 2022 5 months ago

Lincoln Financial Foundation Awards $30,000 in Support for our West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

We are pleased to share that we are the recipients of a $30,000 grant from the Lincoln Financial Foundation to support the continued operation of our West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI), our cohort-based, employer-driven job training program.

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Jan 04, 2022 5 months ago

The State of University City 2022

University City District (UCD) is pleased to release our State of University City 2022 publication, a comprehensive report on neighborhood trends and major milestones from the previous year. 

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Jan 04, 2022 5 months ago

West Philadelphia Skills Initiative Recruiting for Training and Positions with SEPTA

In partnership with SEPTA, our West Philadelphia Skills Initiative is once again recruiting Philadelphians for training and job opportunities as Bus Operators. This next cohort includes no-cost CDL training. 

We're seeking customer-service superstars who have had a valid driver’s license for at least the last three years, with open schedule availability, and who possess an interest in growing a career at SEPTA. Training is online, but testing is in-person. Commitment to the full training schedule (below) is a must: 

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Dec 16, 2021 6 months ago

UCD Data Digest: Tracking the Development and Impact of Streeteries

When COVID-19 lockdowns shut down restaurants in early 2020, “outdoor dining” was a niche, not a norm. On March 1st, 2020, just 9 University City establishments held permits for a “sidewalk café,” the legal term for setting up chairs and tables on public property outside a restaurant.

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Dec 15, 2021 6 months ago

University City, Rising Together: Support us Today

As we close out 2021, we at University City District are reflecting on the many challenges this neighborhood has persevered through since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Public spaces became essential outlets to ease the stress of cabin fever. Our favorite restaurants and retailers shuttered early on and then found creative ways to stay afloat until foot traffic returned to the streets. Anchor institutions hired locally as they built out the infrastructure to combat the pandemic.

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Dec 14, 2021 6 months ago

William Penn Foundation Awards $225,000 of Support for the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

Today we are once again extending our deepest gratitude to the William Penn Foundation for their support of our work. They recently awarded us $225,000 for the expansion of our West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) partnership with PIDC’s Navy Yard Skills Initiative, which are both cohort-based, employer-driven training models developed in partnership with universities, health systems, and other major employers.

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Dec 01, 2021 6 months ago

UCD Data Digest: Digging Into Population Numbers from the 2020 Census

According to results from the 2020 census, the city of Philadelphia hit its highest population level since the 1980s. After a modest gain of just .6% in 2010, and 10s of thousands of losses each decade back until 1960, Philadelphia’s population grew by nearly 5% between 2010 and 2020, gaining approximately 75,000 individuals. For the first time since the 1980s, over 1.6 million people reside in the city, and a growing number of them call University City home.


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Nov 30, 2021 6 months ago

Your 2021 Guide to the Holidays in University City

Need a little joy in your life during the holiday season? Below, view our in-progress ways to celebrate the holidays locally and to support local businesses. Want more events and activities? See our community calendar for a comprehensive list. If you have events or promotions to add, please email us! 



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Nov 16, 2021 7 months ago

West Philly Favorites Returns with Curated Gift Packs from Local Small Businesses

University City District is proud to present the return of West Philly Favorites, a curated series of gift packs filled with handcrafted and locally produced items from neighborhood small businesses. All proceeds go to participating businesses!

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Nov 11, 2021 7 months ago

Fall Community Cleanups and Leaf Collection Information

Fall is a beautiful time to live and work in University City. Our neighborhood contains a stunning canopy of trees, and watching the leaves turn helps announce the true arrival of autumn to the area. Of course, with changing leaves comes major clean-up duties this time of year. Below, please read about upcoming community cleanups and leaf collection options to help keep our neighborhood looking great.

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Nov 10, 2021 7 months ago

Morgan Rogers Burns Promoted to Development Director

We're very excited to share the news that Morgan Rogers Burns has been promoted to Development Director. Morgan was originally hired at UCD as Development Associate, and she immediately put her superior writing skills to work in making an impact across our organization. Two years ago, Morgan was promoted to Development Manager, reflective of her leadership in building out our membership program, her superb grants administration work, and her efforts in helping us secure major new grants. Morgan has become an indispensable leader in our organization, working across UCD to help

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Nov 04, 2021 7 months ago

UCD Data Digest: Examining Worker Shortages in the Hospitality Industry

Over the past year and a half, there has been no shortage of coverage on the challenges facing the hospitality industry. In recent months, that focus has shifted away from the impacts of pandemic-induced lockdowns and onto worker and supply chain shortages. Restaurants, to meet renewed demand from diners, have rapidly increased the rate of hiring, and in many cases raised wages and offered better benefits to attract staff. However, it appears that not all workers are rushing back, and some who are aren’t staying for long.

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Nov 01, 2021 7 months ago

Celebrating Ten Years of The Porch at 30th Street Station

In 2010, the southern boundary of Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station – home to Amtrak, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), New Jersey Transit and their combined 27,000 daily commuters – was a drab strip of concrete. The area seemed to exist exclusively for cars entering and exiting the Schuylkill Expressway, or whizzing down Market Street through six lanes of traffic.

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Oct 22, 2021 8 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 [email protected]

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Oct 21, 2021 8 months ago

UCD Data Digest: A Look Into the Rise in Pedestrian Levels

When schools sent students home in the spring of 2020, foot traffic around colleges and universities across the country plummeted. Local businesses, especially those that cater to the student population, felt the brunt of that impact.

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