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    • Rendering of Richard Serra sculpture on the Rodin Museum grounds, presented at December 2016 Art Commission meeting

Art Commission approves Richard Serra sculpture for Parkway, redesign ahead for Holocaust Memorial

Wednesday’s Art Commission meeting opened with two major upgrades to established sites on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Timothy Rub, laid out a proposal…

    • Schuylkill River Trail | Gary Reed, EOTS Flickr Group

Sections of MLK Drive, Schuylkill River Trail to close for retaining wall rebuild

On Monday the City of Philadelphia announced that parts of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and the Schuylkill River Trail will be closed for a few weeks while crews rebuild and…

    • Parkway House

Logan Square neighborhood rezoning awaits Council approval

The last few decades have seen enormous changes in the Logan Square neighborhood. Most recently the Whole Foods flagship landed there, complete with cocktail cart and butcher’s block. The Philadelphia Latter…

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ABOUT LOGAN SQUARE

Logan Square, or Logan Circle, is a neighborhood in Central Philadelphia. It is located in the area surrounding Logan Square, one of the original five parks as designed by William Penn. The Square was originally known as Northwest Square. Before 1823, the Square was used as a burial ground and as a location for public executions. In 1825, the Square was renamed Logan Square after James Logan, a scholar, statesman, and William Penn’s secretary. In the 19th century, the city of Philadelphia extended to the west and the area surrounding Logan Square began to be developed. Soon factories and Italianate rowhomes began to populate the Logan Square area. With the new influx of immigrants to Philadelphia came a great number of Catholics, who chose to settle near the Square and build the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. In 1918, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway was built around the Square, connecting Broad Street and Kelly Drive. In order to build the Parkway, 1,300 residential, commercial and industrial buildings in the Logan Square area were destroyed, causing a substantial reduction of the local population. In the later half of the 20th century, many of the older buildings in the neighborhood were again destroyed to make way for modern structures. Today the Square is a vibrant neighborhood with many cultural attractions.


RESOURCES

Logan Square Neighborhood Association

 

Wikipedia on Logan Square

UPCOMING EVENTS IN LOGAN SQUARE

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