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    • New swings at The Porch

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…

    • Greyhound Bus Terminal at 10th and Filbert

Papal visit will terminate Greyhound’s terminal, and some bus companies haven’t been told

It will be difficult to get around Philadelphia when the Holy Father visits the City of Brotherly Love for the World Meeting of the Families. Many streets will be closed, and…

    • Parklet seating options include bistro tables and benches

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…

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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.


RESOURCES

University City District

University City Historical Society

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

Wikipedia on University City

The Palestra
Website:www.pennathletics.com

UPCOMING EVENTS IN UNIVERSITY CITY

  • Nov 18, 2015

State of University City 2015

4:30PM – 8:30PM
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