THE NEWSLETTER OF THE UNIVERSITY CITY DISTRICT SPRING 2002
IN THIS ISSUE 4 Clark Park Updates 6 Clean & Safe Kudos
2 Executive Director’s Message UCD Hires Fundraiser New Community Court Benefits UCity
3 Envisioning Baltimore Avenue 5 New Faces in Clean & Safe 7 Support the UCD
Property Owners Recognized PSM’s New Look Contributor List
UCD TALKS TRASH
A Multi-Year Anti-Litter Campaign Launches on April 3rd
L ast year, the University City District picked up more than 1 families in particular -- about the detriments of litter and the
million pounds of trash off University City sidewalks and streets. bonuses of a clean neighborhood. Through events, education, and
That’s not trash deposited in cans. It’s “ambient” trash -- garbage advertising, we hope to turn apathy into caring about creating a
that blows around our neighborhoods primarily because people healthier, more beautiful environment in University City.
toss it out of car windows, throw it on the ground, dump it in
vacant lots, or literally hurl it from the front door to the sidewalk. What you can do:
They litter without thinking twice about it because they believe
that someone else with clean it up, because it has become part of Weds. 4/3, 10 am, Lea School (47th/Locust): Attend the
the environment, like grass and cars, and because no one corrects campaign announcement and sign the giant pledge to battle litter,
their habits. and receive a pair of sturdy work gloves for your support.
Since the end of the public service announcements of Native
Americans and cartoon animals exhorting Americans not to litter, Sat. 4/20: Organize your neighbors in a cleanup or greenup for
personal responsibility for the environment has disappeared as an Earth Day. Register your group with the UCD by April 15th. We’ll
issue. To kids of the early 70s, being called a “litterbug” was a mark help out with materials and refreshments. Or call the UCD to
of shame. In 2002, not only are kids not taught not to litter, volunteer for a project.
neither were their parents.
The UCD decided that it’s time to reverse this expensive and Watch for ads and updates in the University City Review. Call the
destructive trend. At Lea Elementary School on Wednesday, April UCD at 215-243-0555 or email email@example.com for more
3rd at 10 am, the UCD will launch a multi-year anti-litter information.
campaign to educate the public – and our children and their
Tell Friends and Family Where to Go
University City Visitors Guide Available April 2nd
B rother and sister-in-law coming for a week? Consultants from visitors centers, the Convention Center, airport, 30th Street
out of town at work? Or maybe you just need a change of routine. Station, and University City attractions.
Get the University City Visitors Guide, a new 30 page color guide to Designed and written by the UCD marketing staff, the Guide
restaurants and markets, hotels and B & Bs, annual events, is funded in part by a Cultural Tourism Marketing grant from the
galleries and museums, parking and transportation, and more. The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation. For copies,
Guide will be available in early April at Greater Philadelphia hotels, call 215-243-0555 x222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
H ELP THE UCD REACH ITS FUNDING GOALS BY MAKING A DONATION BY J UNE 30 TH ! S EE PG . 7.
UNIVERSITY CITY DISTRICT
3940-42 CHESTNUT STREET
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F. 215.243.0557 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE
Spring 2002 brings great excitement to UCD. In three months we will mark the end of our first five years of
partnerships and success with the area's institutions, businesses, residents, students and visitors. What a great
www.UCityphila.org five years it has been!
In each of our first 5 years, UCD removed 1 million pounds of trash from University City streets. While we
Eric Goldstein are happy to know that our dedicated employees are doing their job effectively and efficiently, we are dismayed
Executive Director that we spend so much money on an issue like trash and graffiti removal. Each year, the cost of trash removal by
the District exceeds $1.3 million. In an effort to stem the tide of ambient trash and to encourage people to
rethink their actions, UCD will roll out a multi-year anti-litter campaign in early April (see cover). In partner-
ship with the local public and private schools, this campaign will focus initially on children. We will also look to
Public Space Maintenance
you to help organize block cleanups, vacant lot cleanups, and other community improvement projects. UCD
Lt. Fred Carbonara will be there to assist with vehicles, bags, equipment and publicity. Get involved, organize a project, and contact
Commander, UCD Police Substation us for assistance!
Also in April, UCD will publish the first-ever University City Visitor's Guide (see cover). A terrific publica-
Ron Dorsett tion made possible, in part, by the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation. This guide showcases
Supervisor, Public Space Maintenance the numerous galleries, museums, dining destinations, public parks, and campuses of the University City com-
munity and is a good complement to the recently completed wayfinding system installed throughout the neigh-
borhood. 150,000 copies of this guide will be available throughout greater Philadelphia in hotels, visitor and con-
Director, Clean and Safe
vention centers, and
Paola Gasca attractions. Special thanks to UCD staffers Allison and Todd for the terrific effort on this publication!
Administrative Assistant, In May, UCD hosts the annual Party for the Park to benefit ongoing maintenance support for Clark Park (see
Public Space Maintenance page XX). A tremendously successful fundraiser in its 3rd year that has yielded more than $150,000 in just two
years from caring individuals and corporations who recognize the importance of quality public parks to a healthy
Allison Kelsey community. We invite you to join us this year on May 2 and share in the fun and the fundraising!
Senior Director of Finally, UCD is wrapping up its first five years of funding and working on securing five more years from our
Marketing & Communications largest contributors. We need your support! If you value our services, please make a contribution to UCD
today. We depend upon 100% voluntary support for our work. Whether it's $5 or $500, your investment in
UCD is prudently used to improve your
neighborhood. Furthermore, your tax-deductible contribution sends a clear
Megan McShea message to our institutional supporters that you appreciate their ongoing
Office Manager support and that you value the services of the UCD.
Ted Moore For all of you who have worked with us in our first 5 years, we thank you
Ambassador Operations Manager for your commitment and support of the UCD. We look forward to a future of
continued success and progress for this great community.
Marketing and Design Associate
Director, Research and Planning
Senior Director of Development Eric T. Goldstein email@example.com
D-L Wormley UCD Board of Directors Steven M. Altschuler, M.D. Vaughn Cook Alice B. Moyer
The Children’s Hospital of Community Representative Community Representative
Director, Neighborhood Initiatives Philadelphia
John A. Fry, Chairman
Jill Felix Leroy Nunery
University of Pennsylvania
Anthony S. Bartolomeo, P.E. University City Science Center University City Associates
Pennoni Associates Inc.
Anthony T. Caneris, Vice Chairman
I. William Ferniany Max Paul
Dorothy Berlind University of Pennsylvania Central City Toyota
Community Representative Health System
Sally J. Bellet, Esq., Secretary
The UCD Quest: AMTRAK
Joan Myers Brown Barry Grossbach INTECH Construction
Allison Kelsey, Editor Joseph G. Trainor, Treasurer
Philadanco! Community Representative
Todd Powers, Design & Layout Larry Starkman
University of the Sciences in
Marty F. Cabry, Sr. Alexander Lazaroff Louis Starkman Co.
Community Representative United States Post Office
David J. Adelman, Asst. Secretary
Della Clark Lindsay Johnston International House
The Enterprise Center Common Ground Realtors
2. Colin C. Clifford
The Restaurant School
at Walnut Hill College
E n v i s i o n i n g B a l t i m o r e Av e n u e
The UCD and Baltimore Avenue destination. These designs will not Lager Raabe Skafte is a woman-
Planning Group have hired Lager Raabe constitute a formal plan, rather owned landscape architecture and
Skafte Landscape Architects, Inc., with community organizations, businesses, environmental planning firm. Among
Brown & Keener Urban Design, for the and property owners will be able to their projects are the Powelton-Drexel
design and vision study phase of the make use of the ideas for their own Community Greening and Action Plan,
Baltimore Avenue Revitalization Project restoration and enhancement Port Richmond Community and
begun last year. After assessing the endeavors. The designs are expected to Gateway and Streetscape, and SEPTA
physical environment from the 4500 be available in June 2002. North Philadelphia Transportation
through the 5200 block, the team will In the interim, the UCD is seeking Center. Brown & Keener Urban Design
develop design options for funds to hire a corridor manager to help have worked on plans for the University
improvements to building facades, to translate those visions of the avenue City Science Center, South Orange (NJ)
streetscape, and gateways that will help into reality -- from business recruitment main street planning, and the plan for
to make Baltimore Avenue once again a to merchant collaborations up and Main Street in Manayunk.
dynamic, pedestrian-friendly down the avenue.
New Websites with Community Information:
http://citymaps.phila.gov/citymaps April PRIMER Workshops for Homeowners
Philadelphia Citymaps provides aerial photos, zoning maps,
service areas, and nearby facilities.
University City Exterior House Painting
http://apps.phila.gov/brt/Brtprop1101a.nsf April 8, 6 - 8 pm
This BRT (Bureau of Revision of Taxes) site allows property How to make sure your property is properly prepared for
ownership to be identified. painting, and how to select and price a painting contractor.
Check out census information, directory of city fix-it hotlines, April 22, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
and links to other resources. What needs to be done to bring your electrical system up to code?
What will it cost? Does your house have "enough juice" to handle
UCity Property At each workshop, a panel of experts will offer advice and
answer questions about prioritizing projects, budgeting,
Owners Recognized and identifying and selecting contractors for each type of
job. This series is part of the UCD’s PRIMER Program --
At the 2002 University City Historical Society Tea in
Preservation, Restoration, Improvement, Maintenance,
February, 65 University City property owners and
and Educational Resources. These workshops are co-
businesses were awarded "Gift to the Street" recognition
sponsored by the UCD and the University City Historical
for their exterior paint and restoration projects. Several of
Society and are open to anyone but will be of particular
those recognized are friends of the UCD: Dorothy
interest to those with older homes.
Berlind, Barry Grossbach, Lindsay Johnston, Fulwider
Corporation, University City Housing, and Rx.
To register, call 215-243-0555 x229 or visit UCityphila.org.
Special recognition was given to Mark Olinger,
The fee for each session is $5 per person for UCHS
Landlord Network member, for the porch restoration at a
members/UCD contributors, and $10 for all others.
property on Pine Street.
Location: University City District,
The Preservation Initiative Award was given to Carl
3940 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia.
Dranoff for the re-use of the long-vacant historic building
that is now The Left Bank at 3101 Walnut St.
A The Master Plan was completed last fall and endorsed by
Clark Park Updates the Friends of Clark Park (FOCP) and The Philadelphia
A Thursday, May 2nd, 2002, 5 to 7:30 pm, 43rd Street and Department of Recreation. FOCP are now working toward
Kingsessing Mall, just across the street from the Park. Mark implementation, beginning with $100,000 from the
your calendars for the 3rd Annual Party for the Park, a Recreation Department for several improvements. New
fundraiser to provide regular maintenance of the Park. It’s lighting, sidewalks, landscaping and other upgrades may
professional upkeep that attracts events such as last July’s come in 2003. For information, contact Friends of Clark
free concert by The Philadelphia Orchestra to Clark Park. Park at 215-552-8186 or clarkpark.info.
Please consider a donation to the fund.
Tickets are $60 for FOCP members or groups of 8+ and A The Clark Park Farmers Market will re-open on
$75 for individuals and can be purchased on line at Thursday, June 6th at 3 pm* for a 5th season of deliciousness.
ucityphila.org or by calling the UCD. If we sell $20,000 of Over 11,000 shoppers enjoy the market each year. Join us at
tickets, The Drumcliff Foundation will match it! And this 43rd St. and Baltimore Avenue Thursdays 3 to 7pm and
year begins the drive to establish a permanent endowment Saturdays 10am to 2pm through November. We requested
for Clark Park maintenance. Contact Meridith Sauer at more organic produce this year, and co-sponsors The Food
215-243-0555 x223 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more Trust (formerly Farmers Market Trust) are working on it.
information. (*Weather and crops permitting.) Contact Todd Powers for
Thanks to sponsors AP Construction, Campus more information: 215-243-0555 x230 or email@example.com.
Apartments, Drumcliff Foundation, University of
Pennsylvania, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia,
Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley, Kelly/Maiello Architects
& Planners, Timothy Haahs & Associates, and Royalty Press.
(List as of 3/11/01.)
UCD Hires Fundraiser
The UCD welcomed Esther Wiesner to its senior staff in
charge of development on March 11th. She will help the
Photo: Todd Powers
organization tap into a greater variety of funding sources.
Wiesner (“Wees-ner”) was most recently at The Reinvestment
Fund in Philadelphia.
New development director Esther Wiesner.
The Public Space Maintenance Crew
Photo: Allison Kelsey
4. (Back Row L-R) C. Gant, A. Pickron, J. Jones, K. Johnson, B. McFadden, K. Norris, M. Davis, K. Billups, E. Hodge, T. Beaty, M. Bell
(Front Row L-R) A. Konah, L. Little, J. Walker, E. Rodriguez, I. Pereira, R. Dorsett, D. Ross, J. Twyne, G. Alarez, J. Gilmore, C. Whillington
in Clean &
Since January 2nd,
responsibility for the
University City District
Public Safety and Public
Space Maintenance programs
has been consolidated under
one person, John Fenton,
Photo: John Fenton
who came to University City
as Ambassador manager in
November of 2000.
(L-R) PSM Operations manager Vernon Banks, PSM Employee of the Year Kevin Norris, & PSM supervisor Ron Dorsett.
"I bring my enthusiasm
for our safety services to our cleaning services," he said. In public safety, Ted Moore replaces Fenton as
"Concern for cleanliness and safety belong together because Ambassador operations manager. Moore has nearly 20 years’
one influences perceptions of the other." Fenton spent his experience in the security industry.
first days on the streets with the cleaning crews to see Clean and Safe programs are the UCD’s largest. In 2001,
firsthand what they experience. UCD employees removed over 6000 posters and stickers
Other new Public Space Maintenance staff are operations from poles, eliminated more than 4500 graffiti tags, and
manager Vernon Banks and assistant manager Ron Dorsett. picked up 1 million pounds of sidewalk and vacant lot trash.
Banks’ decades of experience includes maintenance manage- In last year’s UCD public perception survey, 73% said that
ment for Philadelphia City Hall and the Philadelphia School University City is cleaner than three years ago. The UCD
District. Dorsett was a supervisor for Center City District. Ambassador program has helped to lower major crime by
All three are dedicated to improving services to the nearly 30%. Ambassador services have expanded significantly
neighborhoods and enhance the effectiveness of cleaning and in the past two years to include free vehicle assistance in
graffiti removal crews. conjunction with Penn’s Division of Public Safety, an in-line
skate patrol, and a greatly developed homeless outreach unit.
Last year that unit helped
412 homeless people to
shelter and medical
attention. Over 71% of those
surveyed said that they feel
safer in University City than Photo: Todd Powers
they did three years ago.
Ambassador operations manager Ted Moore.
PSM’s New Look
Clean and Safe director John Fenton shies from comparisons to
Mr. Blackwell, but he was the driving force behind the new look for
the Public Space Maintenance staff. The new jackets, overalls, and
Photo: Allison Kelsey
mock turtlenecks “not only increase their look of professionalism,”
says Fenton, “but they also convey a security look that will help
steer potential criminals away from University City.”
PSM employees Eugene Hodge & Irma Pereira show off their new uniforms.
Photos: Todd Powers
Clean & Safe Kudos
Clean & Safe director John Fenton has nothing but
praise for his staff. “They’re real professionals,” he
beams, “and I’m proud to work with each and every one
of them.” Recently, Kevin Norris was named Public
Space Maintenance Employee of the Year, Sandy Nixon
was named Ambassador of the Year, and Michael Staton (above) February, 2002
Ambassador of the Month,
was named Supervisor of the Year. “It is employees like Nadine Nash-Kendrick
(L-R) Supervisor of the Year
these,” says Fenton, “that make our program so Michael Staton and
Ambassador of the Year
successful in making a difference in University City.” Sandy Nixon (left) January, 2002
Ambassador of the Month,
New Community Court Benefits UCity
Since 25th February, extra hands have paraphernalia, thefts, obstructing the people a day, according to John Fenton,
been helping to clean University City’s highway/panhandling/ prostitution, and UCD director of operations. They are
sidewalks and vacant areas. But they’re attempt or conspiracy to commit any of assigned to assist the public space
not volunteers: the hands belong to these crimes. Hearings at Community maintenance crews unless they cannot
people who have been sentenced to Court are expedited usually within 36 perform physical work. Tasks include
perform community service by the hours of arrest. Sentences range from 6 taking down stickers and posters from
Philadelphia Community Court. to 30 hours, and drug or behavioral light poles and sweeping up trash.
Philadelphia Municipal Court and treatment may also be required. During Community Court’s first week,
Center City District teamed to create Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne the trash-strewn shoulder area of N. 31st
the Court as an alternative to Abraham is an enthusiastic supporter of Street was cleared of litter by one
incarceration or probation for quality of the initiative. "Philadelphia’s worker.
life crimes. Because of overcrowding in Community Court will take carefully Community organizations that have a
the city’s prisons, minor crimes usually selected quality of life offenses and need for the extra labor that these
result in probation which puts the summary cases and treat them with workers can provide should call the
offender back on the street without resources that will address offender UCD at 215-243-0555 x 236.
punishment. addiction and other social problems. In UCD executive director Eric T.
The geographic boundaries for the addition to making offenders Goldstein is excited about the Court’s
Court include the University City accountable for the consequences of opening. "Having the extra help allows
District and the 3rd, 6th, 9th, 17th, and their illegal conduct, they will also be us to be even more responsive to public
23rd Police Districts in Center City. If a required to do community service and space maintenance problems. Of course,
person is caught committing certain by doing so make it less likely that they we hope that the Court acts as a
crimes within this area, s/he may be may re-offend." deterrent so that these crimes will begin
brought to Community Court and Community Court’s presiding judge to decrease in University City and
sentenced to community service in the is the Honorable Wendy L. Pew, and its Philadelphia."
area. administrative judge is the Honorable Other American cities with
The types of offenses adjudicated are Seamus P. McCaffery known for creating community courts are New York (an
retail theft, summary offenses, criminal Eagles Court at Veterans’ Stadium important model for Philadelphia’s),
mischief/vandalism, graffiti, possession during the football season. Atlanta, Los Angeles, Indianapolis, and
of an instrument of crime of graffiti, The District Attorney’s Office Hartford, CT.
possession of an instrument of crime, determines which defendants are sent to The Philadelphia Community Court
theft from auto, disorderly conduct, Community Court. Those rejected are is located on the second floor of 1401
theft of services, defiant trespass, sent to Municipal Court. University City Arch Street. The telephone number is
6. possession of drugs or drug District expects to receive one to 5 215-683-1570.
I wish to contribute the following amount:
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Please make your check payable to “University City District.” Thank You!
Mail to: 3940 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3111
Donate online at UCityphila.org using our secure server!
UCD Contributors (8/17/01-3/8/02)
7 Eleven Thurman Doty Lilia T. Labik Margaret Sayvetz
Nureddin O. Aberra Drexel University Charles Ivar Larson Michael D. Schill
Ruth Adams Drumcliff Foundation Jeong Hae Lee Amy I Schlegel
Joanne Aitken EDAW Andrew Lees Levi F. Scott Jr.
Rose Amendolia Sylvia L. Egnal Joseph J. Lorenc Stephen Seplow
Amigo African Food Market Theresa Kiley Epp Joseph E. Lowry Leo Sewell
AMTRAK David Estabrook Virginia Maksymowicz Joseph Shapiro
Trina Larsen Andras Alan Filreis Peter Manoogian Milton D. Shapiro
Cyrus Dezfuli Arjomandi Janet P. Finin Dr. Ann Elizabeth Mayer Robert Gilpin Smith
Armen, Inc. Justine Folwell Diana L. McCarter Denena S. Smithwick
Frances T. Ashton Inez Foster Carolyn McCoy Spruce Hill Manor
David M. Axler the freshgrocer McDonald Uniform Company St. Mark's Resident Association
Liesel Baker Reiko K. N. Gaspar Suzanne J. Minnis Stacys Pizza, Inc.
Andrew Balluffi Patricia B. Gates Pecolia Monk Arthur P. Staddon
Baltimore Avenue Deli, Inc. Thomas J. Gavin Dr. Alice B. Moyer Paul Steege
Rebecca A. Baranowsk Ronald B. Giemza Leroy H. Murray Paul R. Steinke
Sylvia A. Barkan William Giesey Daniel J. Myers Blane F. Stoddart
Jeffrey M. Berger Donald E. Gillis Vivianne T. Nachmias Richard D. Stoy
Dorothy Welch Berlind James Gist Thomas Naff Margaret T. Strothers
Henry Bernstein GMAC Mortgage Namrata Narain Tandoor India Restaurant
Stephen G. Beuret Evelyn R. Goodgal Leisha Nolan Target
Linda Blythe Eula M. Green Ana Lia Obaid Julie A. Taylor
Isabel Bohn James L. Griffin Terence A. Oliva The Second Mile Center
Bron E. Bradshaw Richard Guffanti OneSource Anne Thomforde Thomas
Arthur Brandenburg John Hayden Onuorah Umeh, M.D Barbara Tilley
A. Brothers Carol Hinzman David A. Othmer Peter Tilley
Marian P. Brown Thomas M. Holloman P C Association, Inc. Lucille V. Timmons
Marvin G. Brown William F. Hooper, III John H. Parkes Two Good Fellas Inc.
Carol W. Buettger Katherine M. Hopkins-Bot The Partnership CDC UACT Association Corporation
Dr. Stephen Bulova Henrietta Hughes Paul Bros. Auto Body University City Science Cente
Vathana Bunya Rebecca Huss-Ashmore PECO Energy University of Pennsylvania
Cecile Lefebvre Burgert Frank T. Innes Jr. Pennoni Associates, Inc. University of Pennsylvania
Ann A. Byun INTECH Construction Philadelphia on the West Side Health System
Campus Apartments International House Daniel Pipes University of the Sciences
Campus Epicurean Melissa V. Johanningsmeier Pitcairn Trust Company in Philadelphia
Cavanaugh's Restaurant Leatha Jones John L. Puckett Wallis Urmenyhazi
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Gihon Jordan Queen Sheba Pub II Frances A. Velay
Angela H. Coghlan Aravind Joshi Myrtle Randolph Videophila, Inc.
Herbert Coleman Kalvin Kahn The Restaurant School Capp Huu Vuong, D.D.S.
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Kallisti Music Press at Walnut Hill College Stephen E. Wagner
Robert E. Cordero Charles Kapps Robert L. Riley Jr. Andrew D. Wallace
Richard T. Craig I. Milton Karabell Arthur Rivers, Jr. Uriel Wallace
Dennis Culhane Michael B. Katz Michelle Robinson Robert D. Weidenbacker
James H. Cummings Richard M. Kennedy Milton J. Rosenthal West Philadelphia Locksmith
David R. Silver, D.M.D. Dr. Marcia S. Kesten Marjorie A. Roth Andrew Wheeler
Estelle Davis Joseph Knox John Albert Rothfuss Joyce C. White
Mary Jane Davis David J. Koppisch S. R. Wojdak & Associates F. Wright
M. Ellen Deacon Ann M. Kreidle Raymond C. Saalbach Paul Young
Peter Dodson Nancy Krody Marilyn Sanborne Paul Youngs
Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation Michael Kuncevich Meridith Mauldin Sauer
Bruce L. Dorpalen James R. Kurtz Jeff Saven
Up Close Now
The Up Close calendar of University City
events is now being printed monthly as a
full-page ad in the Philadelphia City Paper.
Make sure to check out the theater,
dance, art, music, film, and events that
are happening on the west side of the
Schuylkill. The calendar is also available
to download at UCityphila.org.
2002 University City
Report Card Available
The 2nd edition of the University City
Report Card, a comprehensive survey of
demographic and economic data, is now
available. To get a free copy, contact
Meridith Sauer at 215-243-0555 x223.
Help Clean & Green UCity on Saturday, April 20th
The Saturday before Earth Day will be a day of cleaning, greening, and art projects throughout
University City. Part of UCD’s anti-litter campaign, there will be activites throughout the district.
To find out more or to take part in making University City cleaner and greener,
call 215-243-0555 or check out UCityphila.org.
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