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University City, from BRITE to Green: October 24

Last year as the neighborhood project called UC BRITE wound down, a new one took root in its place: UC Green, dedicated to increasing the presence of growing things in the area west of campus.

It is estimated that 2500 new light bulbs were installed during UC BRITE, President Judith Rodin quipped at Council last week, UC Green now plans to put in 2500 plant bulbs. Volunteers from King's Court/English College House are part of the core group who will assemble, starting at 11 a.m., at 40th and Pine Street to begin planting bulbs--mainly tulips and daffodils--along Pine and Baltimore Avenue. But more volunteers are welcome, said Hillary Aisenstein, C '99.

The planting is expected to go on until about 3 p.m.

"UC Green got started over the summer," said Ms. Aistenstein, who works closely with Dr. Esaul Sanchez, formerly of UC BRITE, to coordinate its projects. "In its beginning stages, we have mostly supported existing efforts, such as planning a site for Into the Streets, and helping to coordinate plantings done by PennCorps at the Paul Robeson House at 50th & Walnut. For this event we are working with Baltimore Avenue in Bloom as we did with the Into the Streets site we hosted." Volunteer teams will be led by some members of University City Garden Club. Campus Apartments will be lending a truck to cart around mulch provided by the Fairmount Park Commission and wood chips left over from the previous Into the Streets event.

For more information on volunteering for Saturday's planting, or future events of UC Green, e-mail

Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 8, October 20, 1998