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    • 36th and Lancaster trolley bench installed by UCD.

Aiming for inclusive public spaces, University City District bucks defensive design trends

University City District covers one of the blessed corners of Philadelphia. There’s little blight or crime for the special services district to contend with. Job growth can fairly be described as…

    • Jannie Blackwell | Emma Lee/WHYY

After blowback, Blackwell scraps her sidewalk bill

At last week’s City Council session Jannie Blackwell introduced a short bill requiring that anyone wishing to place a bench, planter, or street furniture on a public sidewalk would first need…

    • Porch Swings made to linger, glide, and people-watch

University City District measures five years of The Porch

The University City District installed the Porch at 30th Street Station in 2011. Back then it seemed like a quixotic attempt to insert public space into a bleak, auto-dominated corner of…

    • University City, going up. | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

Takeaways from the State of University City, 2016

The University City District wants you to know that Philadelphia is about to have two central business districts—if it doesn’t already. This year “State of University City” report is a data-filled,…

    • Baltimore Crossing at 48th Street and Baltimore Ave
Eyes on the Street

Seeking refuge in pedestrian spaces on Baltimore Ave

What a difference a dozen huge, ceramic planters can make. Midway through 2013, residents of West Philadelphia’s Cedar Park neighborhood noticed that the intersection of 48th Street and Baltimore Avenue had…

    • Moyamensing

After the storm: what to do with the 'sneckdown' intersections

Another snowstorm, another flurry of stories about "sneckdowns"—the horrible-sounding portmanteau of "snow" and "neckdown." Our colleague Marielle Segarra at Keystone Crossroads published an explainer on the phenomenon Monday, noting…

    • Market Street Bridge looking west, October 2015
Eyes on the Street

Softening Market Street Bridge's sidewalks

More than six thousand people walk across the Market Street Bridge every day, going to work, going to school, heading in or out of 30th Street Station. In the last month…

    • Parklet seating options include bistro tables and benches
Eyes on the Street

Spotted: Super-parklet on 40th St

Our eyes are ever-peeled for cool sites and sights. Here's one we spotted this week: University City District is Philadelphia’s biggest parklet booster, building and finding partners to help tend these…

    • Porch 2.0 features seating nodes that break up the vast space
Eyes on the Street

The Porch 2.0: Updated version, same big vision

When University City District (UCD) opened The Porch at 30th Street Station in November 2011, it was a pretty barebones affair. Putting movable furniture on a 50-foot wide slip of…

    • Baltimore Crossing | courtesy of University City District
Eyes on the Street

Three reasons why walkability is essential to Philadelphia’s future

In this week’s Agenda 2015 op-ed University City District’s Daniel Wolf argues that Philly deserves a more walkable future. To get there the Better Mobility Platform calls on the city to…

    • University City District parklet | University City District

New University City District report makes the case for neighborhood parklets

Parklets, those temporary little spots that repurpose curb parking spaces for street seating or other miniature public spaces, have flourished in University City in recent years due to strong support from…

    • 6th and Christian

Readers: Brave the snow and send us your sneckdown photos

If there's one upside to the looming blizzard, it's the opportunities that street snow reveals for traffic calming. Say what?  Check it out: When snow accumulates on the street, and cars…

    • University City Eastern Gateway

Can University City District and Gehl Studio turn eastern University City's institutional blight into a walkable neighborhood?

With about 8 million square feet of new development projects announced for eastern University City over the next few years, University City District sees an opportunity to bring the area’s pedestrian…

    • 40th Street Trolley Portal

40th Street Trolley Portal upgrade update

Butterflies and hummingbirds aren’t something most people expect to see in Philadelphia at the spot where four trolley lines intersect before submerging into the gaping mouth of a dark, cavernous tunnel.…

    • The current southeast entrance to 40th Street Station

State funding makes 40th Street Station elevators possible

Thanks to Act 89, the state transportation funding package passed in November, SEPTA’s 40th Street Station is slated to gain elevator access and ADA accessibility - something the community has been…

    • Spot Burger at The Porch
Eyes on the Street

Food trucks parked at The Porch through December

With the days feeling shorter, a mid-day outdoor lunch break might be just the thing sun-starved 9-to-5'ers need, even despite our recent cold snap. Fortunately for the 17,000 employees who work…

    • New Lebow College of Business from Market Street | Drexel University
Eyes on the Street

State of University City, by the numbers

In a neighborhood where 29 new development projects (4,922,050 million square feet of new office, research, residential, academic and medical facilities) were recently added or completed, it can be hard to…

    • Amtrak's construction outside 30th Street Station's west entrance will finish around Thanksgiving

Construction near 30th Street Station wrapping up this fall

If you’ve passed through the 30th Street Station area lately, you have likely seen construction fences around the station’s west entrance. While this Amtrak project is buzzing along, PennDOT is completing…

    • The Dirt Factory was built on a vacant lot between a West Philly home and a used car lot
Eyes on the Street

University City District grows its Dirt Factory composting efforts

Early this summer New York City announced a plan to launch a citywide composting initiative similar to existing programs in San Francisco, Seattle and Portland. Philly, the city that has a…

    • Baltimore Crossing at 48th Street and Baltimore Ave
Eyes on the Street

University City District creates new Baltimore Crossing pedestrian plaza

Head west on Baltimore Ave from Clark Park and the greenery continues up the street. At several intersections along that route, planted islands liven up what could otherwise be vast expanses…

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