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November 30, 2011

University City Community Cleanup    

Penn Study Shows That Improving Vacant Lots Enhances Health & Safety
Untended vacant lots are an eye sore, but a new study by Penn epidemiologists shows that cleaned and greened lots may reduce crime in the immediate area, as well improving public health. The study, published this week and based on data from Philadelphia, shows that cleaning and greening vacant lots may reduce gun violence and vandalism. According to one of the study's authors "violent crime may have simply been discouraged in the presence of greened and tended vacant lots that signaled someone in the community cared and was watching over the space in question." Residents near those lots also reported significantly less stress and more exercise, perhaps because they felt more comfortrable exercising in a cleaner and safer environment. For more information on the study, click here


Cold weather is on its way, so now is the time to learn about money saving energy efficiency improvments!

Commercial Property Owners, Learn How to Save on Energy Costs this Winter and Beyond
Wednesday, December 7, 3-4pm  

A representative from the non-profit Energy Coordinating Agency will provide simple energy-saving ideas and an overview of commercial energy audits and how the information from audits can be used to reduce your energy bills. A representative from PECO will also be present to talk about PECO's programs to help reduce energy costs through rebates and credits and how to search for the lowest cost energy suppliers that compete with PECO for business. Additionally, a representative from Philly Buying Power, a city endorsed program to pool energy demand and provide low cost electricity to local businesses, will also be on hand. Hand outs will be available that summarize what funding is available for business owners at the City and State level to leverage your investment, as well as information about tax credits for business owners.

A limited number of free CFL light bulbs will be available to attendees. Walnut Street West branch of the Free Library (40th St. & Walnut St.). RSVP to

Residential Property Owners, Take Advantage of Discounted Energy Efficiency Improvements
Wednesday, December 7th, 5:30-6:30pm
Did you know that PECO will pay you to turn off your air conditioner in the summer? A representative from PECO will talk about this, and other PECO programs to help reduce energy costs through rebates and credits. With the recent deregulation of the electricity market in PA, you'll also learn how to shop for the lowest cost energy supplier (and it may not be PECO!).
A home energy audit averages about $400, but for a limited time you can take advantage of funding from the federal government and team up with your neighbors to sign up for a special $100 promotional rate, available only to University City homeowners, (plus a $50 rebate) through EnergyWorks, a comprehensive energy efficiency program for homeowners in the Philadelphia area. A representative from the non-profit Energy Coordinating Agency will talk about EnergyWorks and all of the available rebates, tax credits and very low-interest loans that are available for energy retro-fits, along with how an energy audit works, and some ideas on how to start saving money immediately. Energy audits are the key first step to making your house more energy efficient, and now you can save big on an audit by teaming up with your neighbors!
A limited number of free CFL light bulbs will be available to attendees.
Offices of University City District (3940 Chestnut St.). RSVP to
These events are brought to you by University City District, the Energy Coordinating Agency, PECO, and the Free Library of Philadelphia. 



Champions of the Dance 
Friday, December 16, 8pm

Celebrate the holidays with a ballroom dance extravaganza! Starring ten blockbuster champions, including Jonathan Roberts and Anna Trebunskaya from ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," this performance highlights sexy Latin and tango rhythms, the frantic energy of swing and everything in between. Plus, come early for demos in the lobby before each performance!

Youcie admission price:
Orchestra level tickets are $35 (regularly 52!)

Only a limited number of seats are available at this special Youcie rate, so buy your tickets here today!  





Brunch With Santa:: City Tap House



Bartram's Gardens  


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