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2023 Annual Review over a drone image of University City
Feb 07, 2024 20 days ago

University City District's 2023 Annual Review

Since 1997, University City District has invested in the vitality of our neighborhood. We foster clean, safe, and active streets; we cultivate civic infrastructure and activate dormant public spaces through placemaking efforts; we provide assistance to local businesses and neighbors; we plan and execute signature local events; and we create an opportunity infrastructure that connects talented Philadelphians to life-altering careers at major employers.

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Sarah Steltz
Jan 23, 2024 35 days ago

Sarah Steltz Rejoins University City District as Senior Vice President of Strategy

Today UCD is very excited to announce that noted civic leader Sarah Steltz has rejoined our organization in the new role of Senior Vice President of Strategy. 

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A group of Penn Medicine workers who completed a "Pathways to Promotion" program with WPSI
Jan 09, 2024 49 days ago

$500,000 from Hummingbird Foundation Will Fuel WPSI University

We are very excited to begin 2024 by sharing the exciting news that the Hummingbird Foundation, the New Jersey-based charitable organization that helped us launch WPSI University in 2023, has continued its support of the Skills Initiative with a new gift of $500,000 over two years.

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Walnut Street repaving
Nov 30, 2023 2 months ago

(UPDATE) Walnut Street Repaving and Safety Project Beginning 9/12/23

11/30/23 Update

The paving process continues on West Walnut Street, and we have received updated information on the new layout of the street, which you can see below. 

Here is what has been accomplished as of November 30th:

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A group of graduates from a WPSI cohort
Nov 28, 2023 2 months ago

Lincoln Financial Foundation Awards $35,000 in Support for the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

We are pleased to share that we are the recipients of a new $35,000 grant from the Lincoln Financial Foundation to support the continued operation of the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI), our cohort-based, employer-driven job training program.

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2023 Guide to the Holidays in University City
Nov 13, 2023 3 months ago

Your 2023 Guide to the Holidays in University City


West Philadelphia is getting festive during this holiday season, with unique performances, ongoing deals at local small businesses and restaurants, and plenty of opportunities to shop from local vendors. See below for holiday highlights, and check back for updates!


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A photo from University City of a tree during the fall with leaves on the sidewalk
Nov 06, 2023 3 months ago

Details on Fall 2023 Leaf Collection and Community Clean-up

Fall is a beautiful time to live and work in University City. We are lucky to have a stunning canopy of trees, and watching the leaves turn helps announce the true arrival of autumn to the area. Of course, with changing leaves comes major clean-up duties this time of year. Below, read about upcoming leaf collection options provided by the City.

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A group of WPSI graduates from a partnership with Philly Shipyard, Inc
Nov 03, 2023 3 months ago

Citizens Bank Continues Support of the Skills Initiative with $75,000 Contribution

We are sharing our gratitude in announcing that Citizens Bank has awarded us a $75,000 grant to support our nationally-recognized job training program, the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI). This generous contribution pushes the total support offered by the Citizens Charitable Foundation to the Skills Initiative to over $600,000 since our program's inception.

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An image of trolley tracks in West Philadelphia
Nov 01, 2023 3 months ago

Filbert Street Trolley Track Renewal Project Will Impact Local Traffic Through December 9th, 2023

Our partners at SEPTA have announced upcoming work that will impact a portion of our neighborhood. From November 6th through December 9th, they will be performing excavation and renewal of a corroded and broken rail on Filbert Street between 38th and 40th Streets. The project will be broken into three phases, each with parking lane restrictions and accommodations, and people working and traveling through the area are asked to look for posted traffic detours around the work area in progress.

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A UCD Public Safety Ambassador with Postcards
Oct 24, 2023 4 months ago

A New Approach to Homeless Services

At University City District, the unifying mission across all our work is to change places and change lives. This mission is evident in our West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, where we recruit Philadelphians to train for meaningful, career-changing positions with major employers. It’s clear in our Green City Works landscaping social venture, which employs West Philadelphians in well-paying, full-year landscaping positions.

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