University City District Blog

Sep 10, 2014 8 days ago

University City District Awarded Grant from PECO for 40th Street Trolley Portal

We are pleased to announce that University City District has been awarded a $6,500 grant from PECO and Natural Lands Trust as part of their Green Region Open Space Program. University City was one of only five nonprofit organizations in the Greater Philadelphia region to receive funds from PECO’s municipal open space and environmental grant program, which has awarded nearly $1.4 million for more than 180 projects since its inception in 2004.

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Sep 05, 2014 13 days ago

Help Us Choose a Location for our Tree Seat!

You helped us select between The Will and the Carlton, now we need your input on where to put our Tree Seats! In the comments below, suggest a location within the University City boundary (see map).

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Aug 28, 2014 21 days ago

Job Alert! Our West Philadelphia Skills Initiative Program is Seeking Unit Clerks

Our West Philadelphia Skills Initiative Program is offering a great chance for qualified residents of West Philadelphia seeking jobs in healthcare.

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Aug 20, 2014 29 days 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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