Planning & Economic Development

Mar 04, 2014 47 days ago

Business is thriving in University City

2013 was another strong year for retail and restaurants in University City. Exciting new arrivals like Hip City Veg, Shake Shack, Rx The Farmacy, and The Fat Ham were among the 25 restaurants, cafes and bars opening in 2013. This continues a recent trend in the neighborhood as the number of places to eat and drink has been up by an incredible 17% over the last five years! New retail also had a good year, including exciting openings like Greene Street consignment and Plaza Artist Materials, with the number of new businesses up by 3% over the last five years.

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Jun 24, 2013 9 months ago

Baltimore Crossing Unveiled

The five-way intersection of 48th St., Baltimore Ave. and Florence Ave. has long been a confusing and potentially dangerous crossing for pedestrians and bicyclists. Walkers confronted a massive expanse of asphalt and fast moving vehicles along with a confusing pattern of crosswalks that did not permit a direct crossing along the busy Baltimore Ave. commercial corridor, forcing many to play a game of “frogger” with speeding cars and trucks.

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Aug 29, 2012 19 months ago

Woodland Avenue Pedestrian Plaza Unveiled

University City District (UCD) has partnered with the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities and the Philadelphia Streets Department to transform a lifeless traffic island and a redundant stretch of street into a verdant oasis with trees, planters, bistro tables, and umbrellas. On Wednesday, September 19 at 1-2:30pm, all are invited to join Mayor Michael Nutter, UCD and other stakeholders in celebration of this exciting new pedestrian plaza adjacent to University of the Sciences’ campus.

The Woodland Avenue Pedestrian Plaza is the first completed project of the City of Philadelphia’s Pedestrian Plaza Program, which seeks to reclaim these unused swathes of asphalt and concrete by quickly and inexpensively turning them into new public plazas and parks. “Pedestrian Plazas are yet another example of how the City and community partners can drive innovation and make Philadelphia more vibrant through the creation of small public spaces. With Ped Plazas and Parklets popping up across the city it is clear that there is demand for high quality, low cost, pedestrian amenities," added Mayor Michael Nutter.

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Aug 23, 2012 19 months ago

University City’s Second Parklet Installed on 44th Street

University City District, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities, the Philadelphia Department of Streets, and the offices of Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell, is pleased to announce the installation of University City’s second “Parklet” – an innovative, temporary seating platform that provides residents and visitors with a space to take in the area’s lively streetscape.

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Aug 14, 2012 20 months ago

The Porch gets more national praise

Last week, The Porch at 30th Street Station was the subject of two wonderful national features. StreetFilms, which produces short films showing how smart design can result in better places to live, work and play - such as projects in cities from Barcelona to Curitiba to New York, produced a short film about The Porch.

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Jul 16, 2012 21 months ago

University City District Receives $500,000 to Support Improvements at The Porch at 30th Street Station

University City District (UCD) has been awarded a William Penn Foundation grant of $500,000 to support continued improvements at The Porch at 30th Street Station. As The Porch continues its evolution into one of Philadelphia’s great public spaces, these funds will support its re-design in addition to new and existing cultural programming partnerships.

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Jun 27, 2012 21 months ago

Philadelphia’s First Parklet Returns!

Philadelphia’s first Parklet debuted last summer on 43rd Street. This week, UCD re-stalled the 43rd Street (just north of Baltimore Avenue) Parklet and will introduce the neighborhood to additional Parklet locations as the summer continues. It’s open to anyone ready to enjoy a cup of coffee, a quick sandwich, or just take in the area’s busy streetscape.

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Mar 21, 2012 2 years ago

UCD Launches Project Rehab

Recently, UCD and the City of Philadelphia’s License and Inspections department entered into a partnership that resulted in saving 938 S. 49th Street from demolition.

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Feb 15, 2012 2 years ago

Drexel University to Transform Chestnut Street into New Gateway for University City

Drexel University and American Campus Communities will transform Chestnut Street between 32nd and 33rd Streets into a new gateway for Drexel and University City featuring 361,200 square-feet of mixed-use student housing and retail space. The groundbreaking event for the estimated $97.6 million project is scheduled for February 21, with a targeted construction completion date of September 2013.

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Feb 13, 2012 2 years ago

Doc Magrogan's Oyster House Opens 4th Location in University City

Restaurateur, Author, and Motivational Speaker Dave Magrogan is proud to announce the signing of a lease with the University of Pennsylvania to open a Doc Magrogan's Oyster House at 3420 Sansom Street in University City.

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