Transforming Public Spaces

UCD is dedicated to creating and sustaining the public spaces that build a stronger and more vibrant University City. Working in partnership with many others, we work to physically improve urban open spaces to provide for the safety, comfort, and enjoyment of pedestrians.

While our marquee public space project is The Porch at 30th Street Station, we are involved with a variety of projects of different scales throughout University City. Working in conjunction with the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities, UCD developed Philadelphia’s first Parklets and pedestrian plazas on Woodland Avenue and Baltimore Avenue. In addition, UCD is working to advance improvements in SEPTA stops, the 37th Street Pedestrian Mall, and the 40th Street Trolley Portal.


The Porch at 30th Street Station

One of the most animated public places in Philadelphia, with amenities such as design by Groundswell, abundant seating, vibrant seasonal plantings, ongoing performances, and a variety of special events.

40th Street Trolley Portal Gardens

Creating a new hub of activity at the heart of University City while greening and revitalizing a blighted and unsafe concrete space.

Green City Works

Green City Works is a nonprofit, full service landscaping social venture that provides high quality design-build-maintenance services in Philadelphia’s University City while connecting local community members to good, stable jobs.


Innovative temporary seating platform that transform parallel parking spaces into a place to sit, relax, eat and enjoy street life.

The Dirt Factory

The Dirt Factory, located at 4308 Market Street, is a community composting facility for University City. The 
mission of the Dirt Factory is to:

Baltimore Crossing

A beautiful sea of green that serves to knit together Baltimore Ave. both functionally and aesthetically.

Looped In

An innovative new social seating structure poised to “pop-up” in University City public spaces.

Woodland Green

Woodland Green combines an under-utilized street segment with a barren traffic triangle to create a new oasis for pedestrians.