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Redevelopment Unit 3

The URBN Center houses Drexel's Westphal College of Media Arts and Design. Behind the building, on a Unit 3 property, is Drexel's Pearlstein Gallery in the URBN Center Annex.

The Drexel Institute had only a peripheral and grudging involvement in the creation of the University City Science Center, a project of the West Philadelphia Corporation (WPC) in Unit 3.

A mosaic displaying a bulldozer approaching a row of houses filled with African American residents.

A memorial for the Black Bottom neighborhood—removed for the construction of the University City Science Center in University Redevelopment Unit 3—was displayed on a wall of the University City High School until the school was demolished in 2015. More images of and information about the mural are available on

Image shows Market Street between 34th and 40th Streets following demolition for redevelopment projects. The area shown was once the heart of "Black Bottom," a former neighborhood in West Philadelphia.