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Nov 01, 2017 6 years ago

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

Editor's note: Bob Christian passed away on Saturday, December 17th, 2022 after a prolonged illness.  At Bob’s request, a New Orleans Jazz Band performed at his funeral and led a procession from The Woodlands to a luncheon at Renata's Kitchen.

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Jul 12, 2017 6 years 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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Nov 11, 2015 8 years ago

Learn the Area with our Neighborhood Guides

UCD is pleased to announce the arrival of two new resources that will help visitors and residents alike take advantage of all that the neighborhood has to offer.

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Nov 03, 2015 8 years ago

Improvements to 40th Street MFL Station

A local subway stop is set for an upgrade. On Monday, November 2nd, SEPTA held a groundbreaking ceremony for the 40th Street Station stop on the Market-Frankford line, which will receive a significant upgrade featuring new headhouses, improved lighting, and two elevators. 

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Jul 20, 2015 8 years ago

40th Street Summer Festival Saturday, July 25

The University of Pennsylvania, The Rotunda, and University City District (UCD) are teaming up to bring a slate of free entertainment to the beautiful green space just behind the Walnut Street Free Library at 40th and Walnut Streets. On Saturday, July 25th, we are teaming with the University of Pennsylvania and the Rotunda to transform the green space behind the Walnut Street Free Library at 40th and Walnut into a free, family-friendly evening of entertainment for the entire community to enjoy.

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May 20, 2014 9 years ago

University City Bike Riders: Install a New Smartphone App and Let Us Know Where You Ride

The new CyclePhilly smartphone app (, developed by the City of Philadelphia, DVRPC, SEPTA, and the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, tracks your rides through the City, helping regional planners, and UCD, understand where improvements like bike lanes are most needed. More rides tracked equals more useful data, so if you’re a bike rider, install it and see how your routes compare to your neighbors’!
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Apr 07, 2014 10 years ago

Philadelphia International Children’s Festival – April 30-May 4

The Philadelphia International Children’s Festival features an array of theatre, puppetry and live music performances. Plus, enjoy engaging and interactive activities in the outdoor FUN ZONE including crafts, face painting and jugglers. Tickets are $10-$12 and include access to the FUN ZONE! West Philly residents can get tickets for only $5!

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Mar 11, 2014 10 years ago

Programming returns to The Porch on April 1

Programming returns to The Porch on April 1. Enjoy gourmet food trucks, live music, free fitness classes, art workshops and more!

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Mar 06, 2014 10 years ago

Pasión y Arte presents the 2014 Philadelphia Flamenco Festival

Philadelphia’s second bi-annual Flamenco Festival is happening now through March 16. The festival boasts a series of lectures, film screenings, master classes and performances by internationally acclaimed contemporary flamenco artists from Spain, Israel and Pastora Galván, and Rosario Toledo.

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Mar 04, 2014 10 years ago

Business is thriving in University City

2013 was another strong year for retail and restaurants in University City. Exciting new arrivals like Hip City Veg, Shake Shack, Rx The Farmacy, and The Fat Ham were among the 25 restaurants, cafes and bars opening in 2013. This continues a recent trend in the neighborhood as the number of places to eat and drink has been up by an incredible 17% over the last five years! New retail also had a good year, including exciting openings like Greene Street consignment and Plaza Artist Materials, with the number of new businesses up by 3% over the last five years.

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