University City District Blog

Aug 20, 2014 4 hours ago

The People Have Spoken! We Have a Winner in our Tree Seat Contest


When working on the design of Tree Seats, UCD’s next seating project, we asked ourselves, what do people want in an outdoor seat? Through observations of our public spaces and their users we have found that people like choices, they like safety, they like a good view, and in our hot Philadelphia summers, people seek shade. This is well-represented with the design theory called Prospect-Refuge, which concludes we seek places that allow us to observe our surroundings and provide us a sense of comfort and protection.

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Jul 25, 2014 26 days ago

What's happening at Woodland Green?

Nearly two years ago, UCD, in partnership with the City of Philadelphia and the University of the Sciences, created Woodland Green, a new pedestrian plaza at the intersection of 42nd St. & Woodland Ave. The idea behind the plaza was to turn the underused street segment connecting 42nd & Woodland Ave. into a green and shady respite for people and wildlife, including the many bees drawn to the native plantings. We set out to beautify the intersection, create a new public space, and reduce stormwater runoff.

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Jul 23, 2014 28 days ago

SEPTA Shutting Down Trolleys for Maintenance and Construction Work August 1-18

Get ready to be diverted: SEPTA is shutting down its trolley tunnel in Center City for the first half of August for what they are calling their "construction blitz." SEPTA Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 and 36 will not operate in the Center City tunnel from 10 p.m. on Friday, August 1 through 4 a.m. on Monday, August 18. Trolley service will begin and end at 40th and Market Streets. Trolley passengers are encouraged to use the Market-Frankford Line, which will run as usual, for travel to and from Center City
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Jul 10, 2014 41 days ago

Gear Up For Dining Days With Free Giveaways on Our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Leading up to and during University City Dining Days, presented by Ardmore Toyota, University City District will be giving away restaurant gift certificates and other prizes via our various social media platforms. Make sure to follow us on twitter at @ucdphl, our Instagram, and on Facebook for your chances to win.

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