Chris at UCD's blog

Apr 18, 2019 4 days ago

Vote Now: Movies in Clark Park Audience Choice!

Movies in Clark Park is returning this August for four nights of films under the stars. We’ve selected three great titles for this year’s lineup that we will be announcing very soon, but we want your help in selecting the fourth film!

Select your favorite option from the following four films by Wednesday, April 24th. The winner, and the complete lineup, will be announced soon.

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Apr 16, 2019 6 days ago

Help Pick a Ground Mural Design for Cedar Park

UCD, Cedar Park Neighbors, and local mural and fine art company Hagopian Arts are working together to install a ground mural at Cedar Park, and we want your input! Help us choose between three nature-inspired mural designs. The winning design will be added to the small plaza at the eastern edge of the park. 

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Apr 03, 2019 19 days ago

Skills Initiative Grows to Serve Citywide Employers, New Credentialing Opportunities

As the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) expands in the months ahead, the team is building new approaches to the program model in order to better serve both employer partners and jobseekers.

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Apr 01, 2019 21 days ago

UCD’s Pioneering Social Enterprise Turns Three

This month, Green City Works officially turns 3! Since launching, our landscaping social venture – created to provide job opportunities to talented local residents – has succeeded beyond our wildest hopes. What began as a marriage of our core areas of expertise in placemaking and job training has turned into a landscaping business that serves over 35 commercial clients across Philadelphia and manages over 1.5 million square feet of green space.

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Mar 26, 2019 27 days ago

April 2019 at The Porch at 30th Street Station

Happy spring! In April we're welcoming back a full slate of food trucks vending lunch each weekday. In April we're bringing in five brand new trucks to The Porch, plus breakfast each Thursday morning from Schmear It. See below for descriptions of each truck and the full schedule. We hope you'll join us for lunch as the weather gets nicer! 

Make sure to keep an eye on our Twitter page for updates and cancelations, and stay tuned for news on performances and other new amenities coming to The Porch!


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Mar 18, 2019 35 days ago

Innovation Spotlight: Children's Hospital Creative Art Therapists Offer Comfort, Coping, and Creativity

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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Mar 13, 2019 40 days ago

2019 Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll Vendor Applications

University City District (UCD) and the Baltimore Avenue Business Association are excited to announce the return of the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll on Thursday, June 6th and Thursday, September 12th, 2019. The event draws thousands of neighbors and visitors to enjoy $1 specials from participating vendors.

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Mar 07, 2019 46 days ago

Spring Clean-up! Join UCD and the City of Philadelphia for a Community Clean-up on April 6th

Help keep your neighborhood clean by joining a community cleanup on Saturday, April 6th 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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Mar 05, 2019 48 days ago

Inclusive Infrastructure and the 21st Century BID

For the better part of 20 years, University City District fit the para­digm of most Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), working every day to make our 2.4 square mile district cleaner, safer, greener and more enticing for both retailers and developers. We think of this work as investing in a neighborhood’s infrastructure, both literal and figurative: the foundational infrastructure of clean and safe streets, the commercial infrastructure of bustling retail districts and the civic infrastructure of thriving common spaces. 

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Feb 26, 2019 55 days 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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