University City District Blog

A group of WPSI graduates celebrating together with their arms in a circle
Jun 29, 2022 5 months ago

WPSI Receives $200,000 from the Chappell Culpeper Foundation

We are excited to share that we have received a $200,000 grant over two years from the Chappell Culpeper Foundation to support our West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI). This investment will specifically support WPSI’s alumni services and continuing education for Skills Initiative graduates, two crucial elements of our program that allow us to stay connected to participants after graduation and offer continued guidance, resources, and opportunities through their career journeys.

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A SEPTA worker performing trolley track upkeep
Jun 22, 2022 5 months ago

SEPTA's Annual "Trolley Blitz" Will Take Place Between July 8th and July 25th, 2022

Beginning at 10 PM on July 8th, SEPTA crews will work around the clock, tackling critical track and power maintenance, station upgrades, and intensive cleaning as part of the 2022 Trolley Tunnel Blitz.



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Board member photos
Jun 21, 2022 5 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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Jun 10, 2022 5 months ago

UCD Data Digest: The Steady Return of Pedestrian Traffic in University City

With summer rapidly approaching, students are heading home for a few months' break, and many of us who work in University City offices are settling into new hybrid work schedules. This has an impact on how we get around the neighborhood, so this month we are revisiting our transit recovery statistics. 

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Visitors enjoying Baltimore Avenue
Jun 09, 2022 5 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 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.

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A picture of Margaret Starke with copy reading "UCD Employee Spotlight: Margaret Starke"
Jun 06, 2022 5 months ago

UCD Employee Spotlight: Margaret Starke

Local businesses selling items to hundreds of visitors along Baltimore Avenue while a band plays brass versions of 90s hits. Families sitting under the stars in Clark Park while a favorite movie is projected on a huge screen. Three courses of delicious offerings from a new restaurant you’ve been dying to try. Ballet dancers performing before the iconic 30th Street Station.

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An image depicting the logo for Green City Works
May 23, 2022 6 months ago

Please Welcome New GCW Staff Member Alvin Rios

We are happy to announce a new member of the leadership team at Green City Works (GCW), our landscaping social impact subsidiary. Alvin Rios has joined GCW as our Landscape Operations Manager, bringing twenty years of experience ranging from landscape design to working for irrigation startups to building relationships with big brands including Urban Outfitters.

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A graphic with two food trucks that reads "June Food Trucks"
May 23, 2022 6 months ago

June 2022 Food Trucks, Performances, and Pop-Ups at The Porch

Since opening in April, The Porch has been alive with performances, pop-ups, and of course, food trucks! We welcomed local band SNACKTIME for a kick-off party, gave away free flowers, tacos, and plants, hosted live music, and were excited to see people returning to the space after a long winter. 

We're excited to share details on June food trucks, pop-ups, and performances below. We hope to see you at The Porch!  


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A SEPTA trolley at the 40th Street Trolley Portal
May 23, 2022 6 months ago

Details on 2022 40th Street Trolley Track Renewal Project

SEPTA is continuing their excavation and renewal work to trolley tracks on 40th Street and the curve at 42nd and Spruce that will impact travel and parking throughout the summer. At the project's end, trolley riders and vehicles traveling along 40th Street will enjoy smoother streets, refreshed line painting, and improved track components.

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A woman sings in front of a crowd with the caption Summer in University City
May 18, 2022 6 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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Members of a 2018 WPSI cohort
May 09, 2022 6 months ago

Bank of America Offers $100,000 in Support of Our West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

We are deeply grateful to Bank of America for their recent $100,000 grant for our West Philadelphia Skills Initiative. The generous grant is part of Bank of America's philanthropic giving efforts in local communities. Awardees were selected for their commitment to addressing basic needs, medical response, and workforce development for individuals and families.

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May 06, 2022 6 months ago

UCD Data Digest: Construction Permits on the Rise

After a pause in the first months of the pandemic, construction in University City has rebounded and then some. During the first quarter of 2020, there were just two permits issued in University City, down from five a year earlier. This trend played out across the city, with WHYY reporting that only four new construction permits were issued across the entire city in April 2020, down from 122 in 2019.

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Flowers in bloom at 40th Street Trolley Portal Gardens
Apr 25, 2022 7 months ago

Enjoy Spring in University City

UCD works year-round to keep our streets beautiful, green, and safe for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers.

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A graphic showing The Porch at 30th Street Station
Apr 14, 2022 7 months ago

Spring 2022 Food Trucks, Performances, and Pop-ups at The Porch

Spring has sprung, which means food trucks, performances, and pop-ups are returning to The Porch at 30th Street Station! Beginning Tuesday, April 19th, we're welcoming food trucks Tuesday-Friday for lunchtime vending from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM.

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A mechanical street sweeper in Philadelphia
Mar 31, 2022 8 months ago

Street Sweeping Pilot Coming to Sections of West Philadelphia

Philadelphia's street-sweeping pilot program is set to expand to certain neighborhoods in Philadelphia, including some areas of our community. Beginning April 4th, 14 pilot areas will begin seeing regular street-sweepers cleaning their neighborhoods, and six of these areas will begin receiving fines of $31 for cars that do not move during posted sweeping times beginning in May.

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Ten Years of Neighborhood Impact for Project Rehab
Mar 29, 2022 8 months ago

Project Rehab Celebrates 10+ Years of Community Impact

For over ten years, our Project Rehab program, led by Ryan Spak, has been assisting community members with real estate issues ranging from title disputes to code violations to financing for renovations. Originally conceived to help homeowners transform vacant and debilitated properties into neighborhood assets, Project Rehab's services have expanded over the years to include providing aid to non-profit organizations, community groups, and churches.

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Mar 28, 2022 8 months ago

UCD Data Digest: Examining Transportation Levels Two Years into the Pandemic

Last week, we passed the two-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down the economy and altering daily routines. In those early days of the crisis, mandated lockdowns kept Philadelphians at home, and as a result, traffic, transit ridership, and even pedestrian travel through our neighborhood all but dried up.

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A graphic featuring Romaine Thrower
Mar 28, 2022 8 months ago

UCD Employee Spotlight: Dr. Romaine Thrower

Dr. Romaine Thrower’s journey to working for the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative seemed destined from the start. Romaine grew up in West Philadelphia, where she attended Overbrook High School and was instilled with a desire to serve at a young age as a member of the Vine Memorial Baptist Church at 56th and Girard.  

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Feb 24, 2022 9 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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A sign for Vision Zero
Feb 16, 2022 9 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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