University City District Blog

Mar 20, 2017 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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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Feb 27, 2017 3 months ago

Food Trucks at The Porch March Lineup

Daily lunch is returning to weekdays at The Porch! We slowed things down for the winter, but with warmer weather on the way, we will be bringing back one truck each day to serve lunch, plus breakfast service on Thursdays. Because March weather can sometimes be fickle, please follow The Porch Twitter account for updates and changes.

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Feb 24, 2017 3 months ago

Green City Works Celebrates its First Anniversary

One year ago, UCD officially launched Green City Works, a landscaping social venture that provides design-build-maintenance services for commercial clients while employing West Philadelphia residents. We took a moment to check in with GCW General Manager Brian English, as he reflects on his first year with the rapidly growing company.

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Feb 14, 2017 4 months ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: Manakeesh Cafe

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, community, and the many people who made the work possible.

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Feb 01, 2017 4 months ago

Our 2016 Annual Review Recaps a Groundbreaking Year for UCD

2016 proved to be momentous for University City District.

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Jan 23, 2017 4 months ago

Meet Two Women Who Have Been at UCD Since the Start

UCD was created to address concerns about safety and cleanliness within the district, and our Clean and Safe programs have been critical to our work in the neighborhood ever since. To honor the legacy of our fundamental work, we've chosen to kick off our 20 Years, 20 Stories series with an interview of two remarkable people who have been with University City District since its inception.

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Jan 23, 2017 4 months ago

Help Design a Compost System to Service Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Calling all engineers and environmentalists, designers and dirt nerds: the City wants YOUR ideas for how to make a compost system that serves Philadelphia neighborhoods.

UCD's Dirt Factory is partnering with the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council and Institute for Local Self-Reliance in seeking designs for neighborhood-scale, in-vessel composting systems that can be used by schools and community organizations.

Successful designs will be:

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Jan 17, 2017 5 months ago

UCD Named Knight Cities Challenge Finalist for Proposal to Study Justice in Public Spaces

We are pleased to announce we were named today as a finalist in the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s third annual Knight Cities Challenge. The Knight Foundation received more than 4,500 applications in its national call for proposals to answer the question of how to make cities more successful. We were named as one of only 144 finalists in the 26 communities where the Knight Foundation invests to make communities more vibrant places to live and work.

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Jan 06, 2017 5 months ago

Join UCD for a Networking Happy Hour at Landmark on 3/23

UCD invites you to the third edition of our MIX networking event at Landmark Americana (3333 Market Street) on Thursday, March 23rd. Get out and meet leaders from the tech, science, medicine, real estate and other industries who are pushing forward growth in our dynamic neighborhood. Network with other professionals in the area while enjoying food and drink specials at a favorite local restaurant. 

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Dec 20, 2016 6 months ago

University City Holiday Shopping Guide

Are you in need of unique gifts for the holidays? Whether it’s for gamer, foodie, child, or beer lover, University City has great spots for your shopping needs. 

Gifts for the Home

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Dec 19, 2016 6 months ago

Recycle Your Christmas Trees on 1/7/17

On Saturday, January 7th from 10 am - 4 pm, we will once again partner with UC Green at Clark Park to recycle Christmas trees into wood chip mulch. Help us set a new record for Christmas trees! The mulch will be used around trees during the upcoming MLK Day of Service.

While you're waiting for the chipper to fire up, enjoy free roasted marshmallows and hot chocloate, plus enjoy the Clark Park Farmers' Market. A $10 to $20 suggested donation per tree will go toward supporting UC Green programs. 

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Dec 06, 2016 6 months ago

Breaking Ground on Trolley Portal Gardens

We did it! On Tuesday, December 6th, Mayor James Kenney and other key stakeholders joined us as we broke ground on Trolley Portal Gardens, the future home of a public space and restaurant at the 40th Street Trolley Portal. This public-private partnership between UCD, SEPTA, the City of Philadelphia, and neighborhood stakeholders will transform a blighted and unwelcoming place into a vibrant and social space and a new restaurant called Trolley Car Station.

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Nov 29, 2016 6 months ago

UCD Professional Clothing Drive

From December 1st - 16th, UCD will be accepting donations of professional apparel for men and women at our offices. Please drop off all items at 3940 Chestnut Street, Monday through Friday from 8:30 am until 5 pm. All donations are tax deductible.

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Nov 29, 2016 6 months ago

Food Trucks at The Porch December Schedule

Each month a rotating list of trucks will serve lunch at The Porch from 11:30-2:30 pm, and breakfast on Thursdays from 7-9:30 am. For December, we will feature one truck a day until Friday, December 23rd, which will be the last day of service for 2016. Make sure to follow on Twitter and Facebook for updates and changes in schedule.

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Nov 21, 2016 7 months ago

Shop Locally on December 3rd with the Winter Express Shoppers' Trolley

In need of gifts this winter? Keep it local this year with WEST, the Winter Express Shoppers' Trolley! The Baltimore Avenue and Lancaster Avenue Business Associations have teamed up to host WEST, a holiday shopping experience that will take place on Saturday, December 3rd from noon till 5pm.

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Nov 17, 2016 7 months ago

The State of University City 2017 Highlights Major Developments

We are proud to release The State of University City 2017. This latest edition of our annual publication illustrates University City’s status as an engine of remarkable prosperity, innovation and vibrancy, boasting world-class public spaces and amenities. The State of University City report provides a guide to the developments – academic, commercial, public, residential and more – that are driving 22 million square feet of planned growth and expansion in the neighborhood.

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