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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…

    • journey2home storefront at 4119 Lancaster Avenue

Checking in on the Kenney administration's commercial corridor plans

Philadelphia has around 265 commercial corridors, according to Commerce Department Director Harold Epps, but the Department’s programs are only reaching about a quarter of them. Speaking at a Greater Philadelphia Chamber…

    • University City District's popular Porch would see continued improvements under the 30th Street Station District Plan

30th Street Station District Plan unveiled to excitement and ambivalence

On Wednesday night the freshly unveiled draft of the 30th Street Station District was put before the the public, once again seeking input. The North Concourse buzzed with excitement as Karl…

    • Cira Green

February 8: PA lawmakers siphoning transpo funding for troopers | Brandywine's big sell-off | BID 3.0

State lawmakers keep siphoning off the new dedicated transportation revenue from Act 89 to increase funding for state troopers, reports Mary Wilson. Robert Latham with the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors tells Wilson…

    • Baltimore Crossing | courtesy of University City District

February 1: NTSB releasing Amtrak derailment docs | University City sneckdowns | Density without height

Federal investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board will release a trove of documents related to the Amtrak Train 188 derailment today, reports Jonathan Tamari. "Those interviews could provide the most…

    • City Hall Parking Lot

January 5: RIP City Hall Parking Lot | Sanctuary City, again | Squilla wants a street-sweeping program

As he promised on the campaign trail, Jim Kenney officially ended the City Hall Parking Lot as one of his first acts as Mayor, Holly Otterbein reports. Mayors Ed Rendell…

    • 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…

    • New swings at The Porch
Eyes on the Street

Spotted: The Porch gets its swings

Every great porch should have a swing, and at long last The Porch is getting its very own set. If you pop by The Porch at 30th Street Station this week…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • Independence Beer Garden, July 8, 2014
Eyes on the Street

SPOTTED: Pop-up spaces sprout, tree seats, Wistar reveal, and night owls

Our eyes are ever peeled for interesting sights and sites. Here’s what we spotted this week: Pop Ups Crop Up Each year Philly adopts new pop-up public spaces and each year…

    • 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.…

    • Parkside Ave, Photo by Gary Reed
    • 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…

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