20 Years 20 Stories

Nov 29, 2017 17 days ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: UCD Safety Ambassador Shaun Loadholt

All throughout University City, a group of dedicated men and women work 365 days a year to keep our neighborhood safe. There’s Mike, standing at 40th and Market each morning as commuters exit the subway station, or Brianna who takes over for the evening commute. Each day when the final bell rings at the Penn Alexander School, Ryan is there to greet the students. Tuhran hands out materials at college safety fairs to educate students about bike safety and situational awareness.

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Nov 14, 2017 31 days ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: A Retrospective with UCD Founders

University City District launched in 1997, as dedicated residents, institutions and businesses came together to help improve their community. As we look back over the past twenty years, we could think of no one more well-suited to reflecting on the neighborhood's transformation than those who were most involved in creating UCD. In this short video, hear from five of the founding members of University City District's Board of Directors on why the organization started, why they became involved, and how they've seen the neighborhood grow and change since UCD's formation.

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Nov 01, 2017 45 days ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: The Duo Behind the University City Review

Even if you don’t know Bob and Claudia Christian by name, we guarantee that if you live in University City, you’ve seen their work. Bob and Claudia are the husband and wife one-two punch behind the long-standing University City Review, the hyper-local paper that’s been delivering news to the neighborhood for nearly 30 years. Bob is the paper’s publisher and editor, and Claudia serves as the associate publisher, yet given the small size of their operation, they both handle much more.

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Oct 03, 2017 2 months ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: The Enterprise Center

As Philadelphians come together to celebrate Minority Enterprise Development (MED) week –  a time when minority businesses are fêted and encouraged through city-wide events –  we couldn’t imagine a better organization to highlight than The Enterprise Center. This West Philadelphia non-profit has been providing access to capital, capacity building, business education and economic development opportunities to high-potential, minority entrepreneurs since 1989. To learn more about the history of The Enterprise Center (TEC) and its role in the community we spoke with the organization’s president, Della Clark, who has led TEC since 1992.

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Sep 19, 2017 2 months ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: Joan Myers Brown and PHILADANCO!

The building that houses PHILADANCO, the West Philadelphia dance institution, isn’t terribly hard to find. Need a street sign to guide you? Search for a small block just north of Market Street with the name PHILADANCO Way. Still lost? Look for the brown brick building stamped with PHILADANCO in big white letters.

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Sep 05, 2017 3 months ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: Dock Street Brewery

Selecting just one story to tell about Rosemarie Certo, the charismatic woman behind Dock Street Brewery, wasn’t easy. We could have told the story of an immigrant whose widowed mother left behind everything she knew in Sicily to settle in America. Rosemarie's story could have been about a woman earning widespread acclaim with a hugely successful brand in an industry traditionally dominated by men.

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Aug 08, 2017 4 months ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

There are no typical days at the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, University City District’s workforce development program that’s been connecting unemployed West Philadelphians to jobs with major local employers since 2011. Throw a dart at a calendar and a given day may feature on-the-job training with a future employer, a presentation on financial literacy, or mock interviews designed to prepare participants for the real thing with a potential employer. Is it a Friday?

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Jul 12, 2017 5 months ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: Local Innovator Judy Wicks

Before she was Judy Wicks the entrepreneur, touring speaker, and author of books about sustainability and locally-based economies, she was Judy, a young woman fresh off a year of AmeriCorps’ VISTA, living in a remote village in Alaska with her childhood sweetheart-turned-husband Dick Hayne, trying to figure out what to do with her life. In 1970 Judy and Dick, originally from outside of Pittsburgh, realized they didn’t want to work for other people and decided to open a store.

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Jun 20, 2017 5 months ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: Dahlak

All year we are publishing stories in our 20 Years, 20 Stories series to celebrate UCD's 20th anniversary.

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Jun 06, 2017 6 months ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: Clark Park

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the words Clark Park? We polled people and received answers ranging from simple things like sledding, dogs, drumming, trees, Charles Dickens, and soccer, to loftier responses like relationships, childhood, tranquility, and diversity.

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