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Rittenhouse Square

    • Dumpster alley

Are alleys the next frontier in Philly placemaking?

William West has a grading scale for the filthiness of Center City’s narrow, often dumpster-choked alleys. His taxonomy of crud: F - Functional. A place to stow cars or stash trash.…

    • Van Pelt Street, Photo courtesy of Phillytrax

Center City group sees overreaction in proposed ban on student housing in Rittenhouse

The Center City Residents Association has questions about legislation that would ban several types of student housing in the area surrounding Rittenhouse Square. The bill was introduced last week on behalf…

    • 3600 block of Lancaster Avenue supports ground floor retail and apartments above

Growing Pains in Powelton

As Lower Lancaster Avenue is surrounded with bigger, denser development the corridor itself is poised to become a stronger more vibrant place. But one of the most intact blocks, which supports…



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.


Rittenhouse Row

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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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