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    • Conceputual rendering of Drexel Square at Schuylkill Yards

Planning Commission hears community concerns, supports rezoning for first phase of Schuylkill Yards

Jerry Sweeney breezed through a presentation he’s given dozens of times before: Brandywine Realty Trust’s vision for a new 14-acre, $3.5 billion “innovation district” just west of 30th Street Station: Schuylkill…

    • 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…

    • Penn Medicine new patient pavilion - from 34th St, Foster + Partners, HDR | CDR Nov 2016

St. Rita Place & Cascia Center, Foster + Partners' new Penn hospital building pass design review

Tuesday afternoon’s Civic Design Review (CDR) meeting was the last in 2016, ending a banner year where the board considered the merits of 45 projects. This record-setting total speaks to the…

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ABOUT UNIVERSITY CITY

University City is a neighborhood in West Philadelphia. This area’s boundaries consist of the Schuylkill River to the east, as far as 44th Street to the west, Powelton Avenue to the north, and again the Schuylkill River to the south. The neighborhood gets its name from the multitude of universities that reside within its borders: the University of Pennsylvania, the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Drexel University, and more. The area was originally the oldest suburb of Philadelphia, known as Blockley Township, as named in 1677 by its purchaser, William Warner. The area had a poor reputation in the 19th century, known as a dangerous place where criminals and ne’er-do-wells lived. This neighborhood grew more developed towards the end of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, but many structures within its boundaries became dilapidated and uninhabitable. In the 1960s, the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University worked together with the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority and used government funding to improve the area by removing these unsound structures. The plan was known as University City, which gives the area its current name. However, during this process, the University of Pennsylvania demolished too many valuable structures. The University now is expanding in a more deliberate and community conscious manner. Today the area is thriving with its younger, multiracial population and numerous cultural attractions.


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University City District

University City Historical Society

Executive Director Lewis Wendell to leave University City District in June 2009

Wikipedia on University City

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