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Nov 28, 2023 4 months ago

UCD Presents The Green Giving Challenge

UCD is raising money to maintain green space throughout the District. Plus each dollar raised for greening in University City will be matched up to $25,000. If you love and use green space in University City, now is the time to double your impact on the neighborhood we love.

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Nov 10, 2023 5 months ago

West Philly Holiday Hoopla on Saturday, Dec. 9th!

On Saturday, December 9, celebrate the holiday season with events and deals across University City and West Philadelphia! Get into the holiday spirit by shopping at local vendor markets, enjoying one-day offers from restaurants and small businesses, and enjoying festive events throughout the neighborhood.

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Aug 16, 2023 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 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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Apr 24, 2023 12 months ago

6 weeks of free all-ages interactive music at Trolley Portal Gardens

Join University City District and Gretchen Elise for Pop-Ups at The Portal - Thursdays, May 11 through June 15th (5PM to 7PM)! 6 weeks of *FREE* all-ages interactive music at Trolley Portal Gardens (40th and Baltimore)

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Dec 13, 2022 16 months ago

Your 2022 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. Click to learn more!

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Aug 05, 2022 20 months ago

Checking In On The State Of The Philadelphia Labor Market

The labor market of the past 30 months has been more varied than any other time in recent memory. Unemployment rates swung from record lows to record highs in weeks, and then quickly fell back. Some industries that were well prepared to adjust to the pandemic economy have thrived, while others have struggled with labor shortages and supply chain issues. In recent months, inflation concerns, along with the stubborn continuation of COVID-19, have continued to weigh on the minds of economists and employers.

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Jun 21, 2022 22 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 22 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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Oct 22, 2021 2 years ago

Get Hired During the West Philly Restaurant Job Fair

University City District is working with local restaurants to offer $100 signing bonuses (some conditions apply) and, in some cases, on-the-spot interviews for candidates interested in front-and-back-of-house positions. The application for this event has closed. If you are interested in applying for positions with local restaurant employers, you may reach out to them directly. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

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Mar 16, 2021 3 years ago

Looking Back at the Labor Market One Year into the COVID Lockdown

This week marks a full year since the COVID-19 lockdown began.  Early on in the quarantine period, UCD began a long-term examination of how the lockdown would impact the labor market in the Philadelphia region.


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