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    • JanesWalk 2015

May 1-3: Join us for Jane's Walk

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” - Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961)…

    • Boyd Theatre interior, 2012 | Jeremy Marshall

Pearl Properties plans demolition for Boyd Theatre auditorium

Demolition notices posted at 19th and Chestnut streets are a sign of development to come: Pearl Properties is moving forward with its plans to build a residential tower at the corner…

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Be a tourist at home: Seven Jane's Walks, May 2-4

It’s time to take your eyes to the street, Philly. Join PlanPhilly May 2-4 as we present Jane’s Walk, a series of free volunteer-led walks to help us explore our…

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ABOUT RITTENHOUSE SQUARE

Rittenhouse Square is a neighborhood in Central Philadelphia. It is located in the area surrounding Rittenhouse Square, one of the original five parks that William Penn designed in the 17th century. During the 1700s, cattle and other livestock were frequently seen grazing in the area. It was originally called the Southwest Square, but in 1825 was renamed in honor of David Rittenhouse, Philadelphian astronomer clock maker, and the first director of the United States Mint. In the 1850s, the area surrounding the Square attracted the wealthy “Victorian Aristocracy” of Philadelphia, making it a fashionable residential district populated with numerous townhouses. Many of these Victorian townhouses surrounded the Square up until the 1950s, when the majority of them were knocked down in order to build high rise apartment buildings. Today Rittenhouse Square remains primarily residential, but has many restaurants, bars, shops, and numerous schools and venues for arts and culture. The Square and its surroundings attract people of all different ages and backgrounds, no longer the exclusive residential area it was over 150 years ago.


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Church of the Holy Trinity is an Episcopal church on Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Construction is well under way for this 31-story addition to the Avenue of the Arts.

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