University City District Blog

Feb 26, 2019 4 months ago

March 2019 at The Porch at 30th Street Station

Daily lunch service returns in March at The Porch! We have a different truck vending each day for lunch, plus breakfast service from our friends at Schmear It on Thursday mornings. Make sure to keep an eye on our Twitter page for updates and cancelations. We'll be sharing announcements about more programming and exciting changes coming to The Porch soon! 

 

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Feb 06, 2019 5 months ago

Innovation Spotlight: Two Penn Grads and Their Cutting Edge Glaucoma Treatment

In our Innovators Series, we’re profiling University City entrepreneurs, researchers, and companies who are working on cutting-edge technologies and building the future right here in University City. We’ll feature those working in science, technology, medicine, and more to tell the story of how a virtuous cycle of innovation, talent, business formation, and placemaking is unfolding in our community, creating a 21st century economy that leverages knowledge into economic value and development.

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Feb 04, 2019 5 months ago

Our 2018 Annual Review

University City District works year-round to change places and change lives. We invite you to explore our 2018 Annual Review online, where you can see our impact across our community. Thank you to all the partners, funders, and supporters who make our work possible. We look forward to coming together with all of you in 2019 to make University City a vibrant, welcome community for all.

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Jan 28, 2019 5 months ago

Hamilton Court: A Turn of the Century Gem Gets a 21st Century Makeover

You may have noticed some new additions to the streetscape on the south side of Chestnut Street between 38th and 39th Streets. Affectionately nicknamed “The Spaceship” by Post Brothers, the site’s developers, the decidedly modern architecture of Hamilton Court’s recently completed amenity center is hard to miss. The eye-catching design is meant to draw the gaze, while the ground-level commercial space is intended to activate street life on a previously quiet stretch of Chestnut Street.

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Jan 09, 2019 6 months ago

Celebrating 20 Years of Community Support by Giving Back to Local Civic Associations

The support of local civic associations has been critical to UCD’s work since our formation in 1997. Early in our history, the civics served as a bridge between UCD and the neighborhoods they serve, helping to amplify our mission with the community. Our Board of Directors has always included one representative from each association, ensuring the needs of the community are given voice and priority within University City.

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Jan 07, 2019 6 months ago

January 2019 Events in University City

Each month we aim to highlight theater, art, music, food, and tech events happening in University City. Want your event listed? Email us to get your organization added to our mailing list! See below the list of events for a round-up of MLK Day volunteer opportunities. 

What's Happening in January

 

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Dec 11, 2018 7 months ago

Staff Changes and Additions at the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI), our nationally renowned job training program that connects local residents seeking opportunity with employers seeking talent, enjoyed a busy end to 2018. The Skills Initiative completed several cohorts, began recruitment for more, and made exciting staff changes that will help our program grow and reach our goal of serving 400 participants a year by 2021.

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Dec 05, 2018 7 months ago

The State of University City 2019

On Wednesday, December 5th, hundreds of guests attended our annual State of University City event at World Cafe Live. This year, the event focused on how University City is setting the pace for the future of work for the region. UCD Board Chair Craig Carnaroli and UCD President Matt Bergheiser spoke about University City's role in the future of employment in the region, and how inclusion and opportunity are as critical as innovation and development. 

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Nov 27, 2018 7 months ago

Festive Events at Trolley Portal Gardens!

This December we're helping to celebrate the holidays at Trolley Portal Gardens!

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Nov 26, 2018 7 months ago

December 2018 Events in University City

Each month we aim to highlight theater, art, music, food, and tech events happening in University City. Want your event listed? Email us to get your organization added to our mailing list! 

What's Happening in December

 

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Nov 09, 2018 8 months ago

Our Next Community Cleanup will be Saturday, December 1st

Help keep your neighborhood clean by joining a community cleanup on Saturday, December 1st from 9 AM to 2 PM. UCD is partnering with the City of Philadelphia to assist block captains, students, volunteer groups and neighbors by providing trash bags, brooms, work gloves, and trash pickup.

To sign up and join the effort, please contact us via email or by calling 215-243-0555.

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Nov 02, 2018 8 months ago

November 2018 at The Porch at 30th Street Station

Daily lunch service continues in November at The Porch! Take advantage of mild weather to enjoy lunch in our beautifully landscaped space. Don't miss breakfast service from our friends at Schmear It on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings through Thanksgiving! As a note, there will be no vending on November 22nd or 23rd.   

 

Make sure to keep an eye on our Twitter page for updates and cancelations.

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Oct 30, 2018 8 months ago

November 2018 Events in University City

Each month we aim to highlight theater, art, music, food, and tech events happening in University City. Want your event listed? Email us to get your organization added to our mailing list! 

What's Happening in November

 

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Oct 15, 2018 9 months ago

UCD Partners with Drexel and the City on 30th Street Station Traffic Management Pilot

As part of a larger effort to address transportation issues throughout our district, we have recently partnered with the City of Philadelphia and Drexel University to develop a pilot program to address congestion issues at 30th Street Station through improved traffic management. A component of the City's CONNECT: Philadelphia's Strategic Transportation Plan, this effort will help Philadelphia reach its goals to both improve traffic safety and manage congestion.

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Oct 04, 2018 9 months ago

Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House: Expanding their vision for children and families

University City is a pioneer in the provision of care for sick children and support for their families who travel far and wide to obtain for the best treatment for serious illnesses. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) was the first hospital opened to care specifically for the needs of children. It was a pediatric oncologist there, Dr. Audrey Evans, who saw the toll taken on families with children undergoing long-term care, and whose vision laid the groundwork for the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House (PRMH).

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Oct 02, 2018 9 months ago

October 2018 Events in University City

 

Each month we aim to highlight theater, art, music, food, and tech events happening in University City. Want your event listed? Email us to get your organization added to our mailing list! 

What's Happening in October

 

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Oct 01, 2018 9 months ago

October 2018 at The Porch at 30th Street Station

This October will be an exciting month at The Porch! See below for the full list of trucks vending each day for lunch, details on breakfast, drinks, shopping, yoga, and a fun art installation!

As part of the upcoming Design Philadelphia Festival we are partnering with local firm MIO to temporarily install custom seesaw and swivel chair furniture at The Porch from Friday, October 5th through the 12th. We're kicking things off with a party this Friday featuring an acrobatic dance performance, a DJ, and special drinks at the Pub. Check out this video the see the seesaws in action!

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Sep 28, 2018 9 months ago

We Cut the Ribbon on Trolley Portal Gardens!

Hundreds of stakeholders, friends and neighbors attended the September 27th ribbon cutting for Trolley Portal Gardens.

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Sep 26, 2018 9 months ago

Experience Trolley Portal Gardens at 40th and Baltimore!

Trolley Portal Gardens, UCD's brand new public space at 40th and Baltimore, is the culmination of years of fundraising, planning, and construction to transform the 40th Street Trolley Portal into a welcoming, inclusive neighborhood amenity. The space is also home to the brand new Trolley Car Station restaurant, which is officially open to the public! 

 

 

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Sep 05, 2018 10 months ago

UCD + Local Artist Glossblack Team up for Market Street Bridge Refresh

Three years after University City District (UCD), Center City District (CCD), the Schuylkill River Development Corporation (SRDC), and the design group Groundswell partnered to enhance the Market Street Bridge, UCD has refreshed the project, including collaborating with Philadelphia artist Glossblack on a unique and colorful mural installation on the central planters.

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