University City District Blog

Nov 15, 2019 6 months ago

2019 Holiday Happenings in University City

The winter holidays are alive in University City! We've collected some highlights from throughout the neighborhood of fun activities to celebrate. See our community calendar for a comprehensive list of neighborhood offerings and check out these highlights. 

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Nov 14, 2019 6 months ago

Citizens Bank Offers $125K Contribution to Support Expansion of the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

On Thursday, November 14th, Citizens Bank announced a $125,000 investment in our nationally-recognized job training program, the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI), in support of our expansion efforts. Citizens Bank’s substantial investment in WPSI is one of the largest the bank has made in Philadelphia.

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Nov 05, 2019 6 months ago

November 2019 at The Porch at 30th Street Station

We are making some changes to the schedule at The Porch due to the arrival of cold weather. We will now be welcoming only a single truck each day for weekday lunch vending. We've also expanded the hours of La Chocolatera, the new vendor of drinking chocolate, coffee, and baked goods. See more details on both below!  

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Oct 29, 2019 7 months ago

Celebrating Eight 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 16, 2019 7 months ago

Small Business Spotlight: Palma Marinas and PHilthy Paws

Not everyone gets to combine their personal passion with a professional pursuit. For Palma Marinas, owner of the new self-serve pet washing business PHilthy Paws at 806 South 47th Street, the road to working with animals took nearly 40 years.

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Oct 15, 2019 7 months ago

Fall Events in University City

Looking to enjoy fall and Halloween festivities in University City? You're in luck! In addition to the many blocks participating in trick-or-treating, there are also some great community events for those looking to celebrate and have some fun. See our community calendar for a comprehensive list of neighborhood offerings and check out these highlights. 

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Oct 08, 2019 7 months ago

Join a Community Cleanup on Saturday, October 26th

Help keep your neighborhood clean by joining a community cleanup on Saturday, October 26th from 9am to 2pm. 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. Due to community input, this will be the first of two fall cleanups we will organize.
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Oct 03, 2019 7 months ago

UCD Welcomes Drexel University's Donald E. Moore to Board of Trustees

We are pleased to announce Drexel Vice President of Real Estate and Facilities Donald Moore has joined our Board of Directors here at University City District. Our board, composed of community, business, institutional, and non-profit leaders from within University City, underwrites our Clean and Safe program and provides much-needed operating support.

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Sep 24, 2019 8 months ago

October 2019 at The Porch at 30th Street Station

We have exciting things coming to The Porch at 30th Street Station this October that you won't want to miss, including a new rotation of food trucks, our finished Pavilion at The Porch, and a brand new vendor located in the turquoise cube three days each week!  

La Chocolatera Coming to The Porch! 

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Sep 17, 2019 8 months ago

Our New Just Spaces Tool Helps Organizations Evaluate Equity in Public Space

Over the past decade, UCD has become a nationally recognized leader in data-driven placemaking. We have spent years designing, building, and maintaining public venues like The Porch at 30th Street Station, Trolley Portal Gardens, Parklets, and pedestrian plazas, and lend our expertise to partners throughout the neighborhood when they are developing their own public spaces.

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Sep 01, 2019 8 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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Aug 30, 2019 8 months ago

September 2019 at The Porch at 30th Street Station

September at The Porch at 30th Street Station brings free weekly lunchtime performances presented by PECO, the adding of final touches to the new Pavilion at The Porch, post-work drinks three nights a week at the Pub, and of course a daily selection of food trucks. 

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Aug 13, 2019 9 months ago

United Way Gifts $45,000 to Support the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

We'd like to thank the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey for their continued support of our West Philadelphia Skills Initiative. This month, the United Way gifted us with $45,000 to support the operations of the Skills Initiative. They have been a longtime ally in our work to connect talented West Philadelphians to life-changing jobs at University City institutions and across the city of Philadelphia. 

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Aug 08, 2019 9 months ago

Catch Free Movies in Clark Park Fridays in August

UCD, in partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and Friends of Clark Park, will once again present Movies in Clark Park, four Fridays of free outdoor movies running from August 9th through August 30th. The schedule this year will be Solo: A Star Wars Story, Crazy Rich Asians, Creed II, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The films will be screened beginning at sundown in the Clark Park bowl during fair weather. Bring a blanket or chair, grab a snack at a food truck, and join the fun!

 

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Jul 30, 2019 10 months ago

August 2019 at The Porch at 30th Street Station

August at The Porch at 30th Street Station brings free weekly lunchtime performances presented by PECO, the completion of our new shade structure, post-work drinks three nights a week at the Pub, and of course a daily selection of food trucks. 

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Jul 24, 2019 10 months ago

Critical Infrastructure Work to Disrupt Transit in University City

In early August, two major infrastructure improvement projects will impact travel within University City.

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Jun 27, 2019 11 months ago

July 2019 at The Porch at 30th Street Station

July at The Porch at 30th Street Station brings you the return of free weekly lunchtime performances, the unveiling of our new shade structure, post-work drinks three nights a week at the Pub, and of course a daily selection of food trucks. Please note: there will be no food trucks vending the week of July 4th (July 1st through July 5th). 

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Jun 15, 2019 11 months ago

Ronald McDonald House Completes Expansion, New Garden

In the same year they will celebrate their forty-fifth anniversary, the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House completed a massive expansion to more than double their capacity to serve families in need of temporary housing during their children’s treatment. The Room in Our Hearts expansion campaign grew capacity from 45 to 127 rooms at the Chestnut Street house, and modernized and expanded common facilities to more than double the number of families the organization can serve each year.

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Jun 11, 2019 11 months ago

Pedestrian Counts Leading to New Applications of UCD Data

Our data scientist Tyler Tran has recently been conducting pedestrian counts throughout our district using automated sensors. Pedestrian count data help us estimate the number of people walking on various streets, which we then share with partners to help inform decisions regarding street safety, transit, and real estate.

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May 30, 2019 12 months ago

June 2019 at The Porch at 30th Street Station

We have an exciting month at The Porch at 30th! This June we have a great selection of food trucks vending lunch each weekday, plus we'll be re-opening the Pub at The Porch and unveiling a new shade structure with charging stations. Oh, and did we mention free lunchtime music is returning? 

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