Chris at UCD's blog

An aerial view of the Woodlands
Apr 14, 2021 38 hours ago

The Woodlands and Green City Works Announce New Partnership

The Woodlands has entered into a new agreement with our subsidiary Green City Works (GCW) for landscaping services at the historic cemetery. Located at 4000 Woodland Avenue in University City, the Woodlands encompasses 54 acres of undulating landscape that has served as an 18th-century English pleasure garden, a 19th-century rural cemetery, and a modern green oasis and escape for neighbors and explorers.

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An employee from Sunset Social
Apr 13, 2021 2 days ago

Local Job Postings for April 13th, 2021

Are you in need of a job? We'll occasionally publish job listings from around University City. The newest listings will be added to the top, and we'll remove listings only after they have expired or are no longer open. For questions about specific positions, please reach out to the individual businesses. Want your openings listed? Email us! 

Spak Group

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A photo of the 3400 block of Sansom
Apr 07, 2021 8 days ago

UCD's Outdoor Dining Webinar Recording + Additional Resources

As part of our efforts to provide support to small businesses throughout our neighborhood, we recently held a Zoom webinar with local restaurant operators to discuss outdoor dining. UCD's Margaret Starke and Nate Hommel were joined by representatives from Metropolitan Bakery, Jezabel's Cafe, and New Deck Tavern to discuss permitting and seating options for sidewalk cafes, streeteries, and temporary street closures. We also touched on contractors and builders who can build partitions, planters, and platforms.

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A neighbor joining a community clean-up
Mar 10, 2021 36 days ago

Spring Clean-up! Join UCD and the City of Philadelphia for a Community Clean-up on April 10th

Help keep your neighborhood clean by joining a community cleanup on Saturday, April 10th 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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Logo for the University City Community Group Fund
Mar 01, 2021 45 days ago

UCD and Neighborhood Associations Give Out $20,000 in Small Business and Non-Profit Grants

In coordination with the five neighborhood associations that serve on our Board of Directors, University City District launched a $15,000 fund to provide financial assistance to local businesses and organizations through 15 $1,000 grants. We worked with representatives from the Garden Court Community Association, the Walnut Hill Community Association, the Spruce Hill Community Association, the

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A graduate of WPSI working as a patient sitter
Feb 24, 2021 50 days ago

The Lenfest Foundation Makes Significant New Investment in WPSI

University City District is pleased to share that earlier this month, the Lenfest Foundation awarded us $500,000 to help fuel the continued growth of our West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) job training subsidiary.

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Cover image for the 2020 UCD annual review
Feb 18, 2021 56 days ago

University City District's 2020 Annual Review

Each year, University City District (UCD) invests in the vitality of our neighborhood. We cultivate civic infrastructure and activate dormant public spaces through placemaking efforts; we plan and execute signature local events; we foster clean, safe, and active streets; and we create an opportunity infrastructure that connects talented West Philadelphians to life-altering careers at our partner institutions.

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A graphic depicting the logo for the WPSI Labor Market Report
Feb 09, 2021 2 months ago

Labor Market Report for February 9th, 2021

Every other week, we will be publishing labor market industry (LMI) data and important trends to consider in the development of an equitable economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. We are always looking for opportunities to learn, grow, and collaborate. Email wpsi@universitycity.org to learn more.

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A preview of the new Skills Initiative Website
Jan 27, 2021 2 months ago

The Skills Initiative Launches New Website

Over the past few months, members of our Skills Initiative team have been hard at work creating a new website for the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative. Working with web agency CoLab Coop, we have built a brand new, easily navigable website with a refreshed design that will make connecting with our team easier for funders, employers, jobseekers, alumni, and other organizations looking to replicate the WPSI model.

The new website will support WPSI’s work and 10 plus years of experience by offering:

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A graphic depicting the logo for the WPSI Labor Market Report
Jan 25, 2021 2 months ago

Labor Market Report for January 25th, 2021

Every other week, we will be publishing labor market industry (LMI) data and important trends to consider in the development of an equitable economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. We are always looking for opportunities to learn, grow, and collaborate. Email wpsi@universitycity.org to learn more.

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