University City District Blog

Apr 23, 2017 3 months ago

Reflecting on Our 20th Anniversary: A Note of Gratitude from UCD President Matt Bergheiser

It is said that the only time you should ever look back is to see how far you’ve come. In 20 years, University City and University City District have come a long way.

As UCD celebrates our 20th anniversary in 2017, it is especially meaningful to reflect on our founding principles: community, partnership and possibility.

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Apr 13, 2017 4 months ago

PECO Performances at The Porch

All summer long PECO Powers Performances at The Porch! From May through September, a wide array of performers will sing, dance, drum, act, and entertain each week at The Porch. The series, made possible by PECO, will kick off on May 1st with a lunchtime performance by New Sound Brass. Enjoy entertainment at one of Philadelphia's premiere public spaces!

The Porch hosts two trucks for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 am to 2 pm, plus breakfast on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 am to 9:30 am. 

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Apr 06, 2017 4 months ago

Revised Neighborhood Guide Outlines the Best Way to Spend 36 Hours in University City

Inspired by The New York Times '36 Hours' series, 36 Hours in University City is University City District's guide filled with suggestions about how to best spend 36 hours in the neighborhood. Newly revised for 2017, it's a great resource for visiting friends and family, and residents looking for something new and different to do in their neighborhood. 

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Mar 30, 2017 4 months ago

Mayor Jim Kenney Visits the Skills Initiative

On Wednesday, March 29th, UCD was honored to welcome Mayor Jim Kenney to the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative. The Mayor joined our current Allied Universal participants – as well as WPSI graduates and staff – to learn about our unique approach to helping local residents find meaningful employment with our employer partners.  

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Mar 27, 2017 4 months 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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Mar 23, 2017 4 months ago

Food Trucks at The Porch April Lineup

In April we will be bringing back 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. Additionally, we will also have trucks serving breakfast on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 am until 9:30 am. Make sure to follow The Porch on Twitter and Facebook for any changes. The complete schedule is below.


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Mar 20, 2017 5 months ago

Join a Community Cleanup on April 8th

UCD and the City of Philadelphia invite you to participate in the 10th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup. We are once again partnering with the City on a neighborhood cleanup on Saturday, April 8th. We will assist block captains, students, and volunteer groups and neighbors by providing trash bags, brooms, work gloves, and trash pickup.

Help the city-wide effort to beautify Philadelphia by cleaning your block or street from 9AM - 2PM. To sign up, contact us via email or by calling 215-243-0555.

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Mar 20, 2017 5 months ago

The Skills Initiative Receives Major Support from The Pew Charitable Trusts

UCD’s West Philadelphia Skills Initiative is a constant source of inspiration for us. We love meeting new neighbors at our info sessions; watching participants connect with staff and alumni to hear how the program can transform their careers;  and supporting our participants as they use their new skills to nail a job interview, and better yet, thrive in a new job. And when these accomplishments are recognized by respected partners, we pause to celebrate. 

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Mar 14, 2017 5 months ago

Celebrate Dirt Day at The Dirt Factory on April 8

On April 8th from 11 am until 2 pm, join the Dirt Factory and Soil Kitchen and give your garden a boost with free, high quality organic compost. The Dirt Factory will be distributing up to 10 gallons per person of screened compost produced from University City's fallen leaves and food scraps. 
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Mar 10, 2017 5 months ago

WPSI Enjoys a Visit From Secretary Kathy Manderino

On Thursday, March 9th, our West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) enjoyed a visit from Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino as part of her "Jobs that Pay" tour. The tour is a way for L&I to learn about successful workforce programs across the state, and share that information with other like-minded organizations and employers to create a workforce system that supports all workers in Pennsylvania.

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Feb 28, 2017 5 months ago

Read Details about SEPTA's Proposed 49 Bus Route

Today representatives from SEPTA held a community meeting to share details on a proposed Route 49 bus. The new route would operate from Brewerytown, Fairmount, and Grays Ferry via University City. Route 49 would provide an important connection to the growing number of jobs and health resources in University City, seven days a week. The proposed routing would create a direct transit option between 30th Street Station and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

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Feb 27, 2017 5 months ago

Food Trucks at The Porch March Lineup

Daily lunch is returning to weekdays at The Porch! We slowed things down for the winter, but with warmer weather on the way, we will be bringing back one truck each day to serve lunch, plus breakfast service on Thursdays. Because March weather can sometimes be fickle, please follow The Porch Twitter account for updates and changes.

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Feb 24, 2017 5 months ago

Green City Works Celebrates its First Anniversary

One year ago, UCD officially launched Green City Works, a landscaping social venture that provides design-build-maintenance services for commercial clients while employing West Philadelphia residents. We took a moment to check in with GCW General Manager Brian English, as he reflects on his first year with the rapidly growing company.

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Feb 14, 2017 6 months ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: Manakeesh Cafe

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, community, and the many people who made the work possible.

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Feb 01, 2017 6 months ago

Our 2016 Annual Review Recaps a Groundbreaking Year for UCD

2016 proved to be momentous for University City District.

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Jan 23, 2017 6 months ago

Meet Two Women Who Have Been at UCD Since the Start

UCD was created to address concerns about safety and cleanliness within the district, and our Clean and Safe programs have been critical to our work in the neighborhood ever since. To honor the legacy of our fundamental work, we've chosen to kick off our 20 Years, 20 Stories series with an interview of two remarkable people who have been with University City District since its inception.

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Jan 23, 2017 6 months ago

Help Design a Compost System to Service Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Calling all engineers and environmentalists, designers and dirt nerds: the City wants YOUR ideas for how to make a compost system that serves Philadelphia neighborhoods.

UCD's Dirt Factory is partnering with the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council and Institute for Local Self-Reliance in seeking designs for neighborhood-scale, in-vessel composting systems that can be used by schools and community organizations.

Successful designs will be:

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Jan 17, 2017 7 months ago

UCD Named Knight Cities Challenge Finalist for Proposal to Study Justice in Public Spaces

We are pleased to announce we were named today as a finalist in the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s third annual Knight Cities Challenge. The Knight Foundation received more than 4,500 applications in its national call for proposals to answer the question of how to make cities more successful. We were named as one of only 144 finalists in the 26 communities where the Knight Foundation invests to make communities more vibrant places to live and work.

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Jan 06, 2017 7 months ago

Join UCD for a Networking Happy Hour at Landmark on 3/23

UCD invites you to the third edition of our MIX networking event at Landmark Americana (3333 Market Street) on Thursday, March 23rd. Get out and meet leaders from the tech, science, medicine, real estate and other industries who are pushing forward growth in our dynamic neighborhood. Network with other professionals in the area while enjoying food and drink specials at a favorite local restaurant. 

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