University City District Blog

May 23, 2017 4 days ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: The Mayor of The Porch at 30th Street Station

The Mayor. His Royness. The Guy in the Purple. Whatever you call him, if you’ve been to The Porch at 30th Street Station, you’ve probably seen Roy, the man who keeps the space running day in and day out. 

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May 23, 2017 4 days ago

Food Trucks at The Porch June Lineup

June is a great time to enjoy The Porch! All month long we'll welcome two food trucks each weekday to serve lunch at The Porch at 30th. Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11:30 am to 2 pm. Also, stop by for breakfast on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at 7 am! See the full lineup below, and make sure to follow The Porch on Twitter and Facebook for any changes.

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May 18, 2017 10 days ago

Brookings Institution Releases Report on How the University City-Center City Innovation District Can Help Philadelphia Excel Globally and Serve Locally

The Brookings Institution, the nonprofit organization devoted to independent research and policy solutions, recently completed their two year study on the emerging innovation district in University City and western Center City. For the study, Brookings worked with 10 major institutions and firms to analyze the strengths of the local anchor institutions, and to identify opportunities for advancing the district’s innovation ecosystem and improving the competitive position of the Philadelphia region.

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May 11, 2017 16 days ago

The 40th Street Summer Series Kicks off 5/20 with Sun Ra Arkestra

On May 20th we are welcoming Sun Ra Arkestra back to the 40th Street Summer Series! The 40th Street Summer Series—co-produced by University City District, the University of Pennsylvania, and The Rotunda—will once again enliven the green area behind the Walnut Street Library at 40th Street with free, family-friendly monthly performances.

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May 09, 2017 18 days ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: Meet the Original and Current Leaders of UCD

2017 is the 20th anniversary of University City District. To commemorate this milestone, we are publishing 20 Stories, 20 Years, a rich compilation of the ways in which UCD has impacted the neighborhood through our work, told by the people who have made University City the vibrant, healthy and diverse community it is today. 

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Apr 25, 2017 33 days ago

Food Trucks at The Porch May Lineup

May is a great time to enjoy The Porch! All month long we'll welcome two food trucks each weekday to serve lunch at The Porch at 30th. Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11:30 am to 2 pm. Also check out Schmear It serving up hot bagels and coffee on Thursdays from 7 am until 9:30 am. See the full lineup below, and make sure to follow The Porch on Twitter and Facebook for any changes.

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Apr 24, 2017 33 days ago

UCD Selected as Philadelphia Market Recipient of Bank of America's Neighborhood Builders Award

We are thrilled to announce we have been named the 2016 market recipient for Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders® award. This coveted grant is given to support high-performing nonprofits making a significant impact in the community.

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Apr 24, 2017 34 days ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: University City Arts League

University City District launched in 1997, as dedicated residents, institutions and businesses came together to create an organization to help transform their community. Throughout 2017 we will be celebrating our 20th anniversary by holding community events and reflecting on the accomplishments of our organization, the community, and the many people who made the work possible. Read other stories in our 20 Years, 20 Stories here. 

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Apr 23, 2017 35 days ago

Reflecting on Our 20th Anniversary: A Note of Gratitude from UCD President Matt Bergheiser

It is said that the only time you should ever look back is to see how far you’ve come. In 20 years, University City and University City District have come a long way.

As UCD celebrates our 20th anniversary in 2017, it is especially meaningful to reflect on our founding principles: community, partnership and possibility.

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Apr 13, 2017 45 days ago

PECO Performances at The Porch

All summer long PECO Powers Performances at The Porch! From May through September, a wide array of performers will sing, dance, drum, act, and entertain each week at The Porch. The series, made possible by PECO, will kick off on May 1st with a lunchtime performance by New Sound Brass. Enjoy entertainment at one of Philadelphia's premiere public spaces!

The Porch hosts two trucks for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 am to 2 pm, plus breakfast on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 am to 9:30 am. 

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Apr 06, 2017 51 days ago

Revised Neighborhood Guide Outlines the Best Way to Spend 36 Hours in University City

Inspired by The New York Times '36 Hours' series, 36 Hours in University City is University City District's guide filled with suggestions about how to best spend 36 hours in the neighborhood. Newly revised for 2017, it's a great resource for visiting friends and family, and residents looking for something new and different to do in their neighborhood. 

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Mar 30, 2017 59 days ago

Mayor Jim Kenney Visits the Skills Initiative

On Wednesday, March 29th, UCD was honored to welcome Mayor Jim Kenney to the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative. The Mayor joined our current Allied Universal participants – as well as WPSI graduates and staff – to learn about our unique approach to helping local residents find meaningful employment with our employer partners.  

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Mar 27, 2017 2 months ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: The Dirt Factory

On Saturday, April 8th UCD will host our annual Dirt Day event at The Dirt Factory. During Dirt Day, neighbors can collect up to 10 gallons per person of screened compost produced from University City’s fallen leaves and food scraps, and get samples of their soil tested for lead, cadmium, and arsenic.

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Mar 23, 2017 2 months ago

Food Trucks at The Porch April Lineup

In April we will be bringing back two food trucks each weekday to serve lunch at The Porch at 30th! Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11:30 am to 2 pm. Additionally, we will also have trucks serving breakfast on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 am until 9:30 am. Make sure to follow The Porch on Twitter and Facebook for any changes. The complete schedule is below.

 

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Mar 20, 2017 2 months ago

Join a Community Cleanup on April 8th

UCD and the City of Philadelphia invite you to participate in the 10th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup. We are once again partnering with the City on a neighborhood cleanup on Saturday, April 8th. We will assist block captains, students, and volunteer groups and neighbors by providing trash bags, brooms, work gloves, and trash pickup.

Help the city-wide effort to beautify Philadelphia by cleaning your block or street from 9AM - 2PM. To sign up, contact us via email or by calling 215-243-0555.

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Mar 20, 2017 2 months ago

The Skills Initiative Receives Major Support from The Pew Charitable Trusts

UCD’s West Philadelphia Skills Initiative is a constant source of inspiration for us. We love meeting new neighbors at our info sessions; watching participants connect with staff and alumni to hear how the program can transform their careers;  and supporting our participants as they use their new skills to nail a job interview, and better yet, thrive in a new job. And when these accomplishments are recognized by respected partners, we pause to celebrate. 

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Mar 14, 2017 2 months ago

Celebrate Dirt Day at The Dirt Factory on April 8

On April 8th from 11 am until 2 pm, join the Dirt Factory and Soil Kitchen and give your garden a boost with free, high quality organic compost. The Dirt Factory will be distributing up to 10 gallons per person of screened compost produced from University City's fallen leaves and food scraps. 
 
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Mar 10, 2017 2 months ago

WPSI Enjoys a Visit From Secretary Kathy Manderino

On Thursday, March 9th, our West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) enjoyed a visit from Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino as part of her "Jobs that Pay" tour. The tour is a way for L&I to learn about successful workforce programs across the state, and share that information with other like-minded organizations and employers to create a workforce system that supports all workers in Pennsylvania.

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Feb 28, 2017 2 months ago

Read Details about SEPTA's Proposed 49 Bus Route

Today representatives from SEPTA held a community meeting to share details on a proposed Route 49 bus. The new route would operate from Brewerytown, Fairmount, and Grays Ferry via University City. Route 49 would provide an important connection to the growing number of jobs and health resources in University City, seven days a week. The proposed routing would create a direct transit option between 30th Street Station and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

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