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    • Long-time city planner Richard Redding on his Chestnut Hill porch

Reflections on 40 years of Philadelphia City planning

Newly retired Richard Redding reflects on Northeast Philadelphia, zoning by variance and ordinance, community redevelopment and gentriciation PlanPhilly sat down with recently retired Philadelphia City Planning Commission Planning Division Director Richard…

    • 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…

    • pcpc civic design review

Civic Design Review wraps up 3600 Civic Center Blvd. and 1900 Arch St.

In the videos below (produced by Ryan Shaw), the Civic Design Review Committee discusses two projects, a Penn Medicine development at 3600 Civic Center Boulevard, and the expansion of an apartment…

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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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UPCOMING EVENTS IN UNIVERSITY CITY

  • Oct 15, 2014

The State of University City

4:00PM – 8:00PM
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