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    • Chris Bartlett, TEDxPhiladelphia 2014

Chris Bartlett on how to make the neighborhood you want [TEDxPhiladelphia video]

PlanPhilly was a proud partner of this year’s TEDxPhiladelphia event, New Workshop of the World.  As we look forward to next year’s event – mark your calendars for June 11,…

    • Automat sign, 818 Chestnut Street

Spotted: Automat Americana

One of Philly’s finest Art Deco storefronts is 818 Chestnut Street, where the first Horn & Hardart Automat opened in 1902. Passing by the other day I noticed that the facade's…

    • Wash West NID meeting

Wash West puts lid on NID bid

The Washington Square West NID steering committee formally withdrew a proposal to establish a Neighborhood Improvement District in the neighborhood at a meeting of the local civic association Tuesday night. The…

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ABOUT WASHINGTON SQUARE WEST

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Washington Square West is a neighborhood in Center City Philadelphia. The area spans roughly from 12th to Broad Street and from Market to South Street, enclosing Washington Square in its center. Originally called Southwest Square, Washington Square is one of the original five parks in the city, as designed by William Penn in the 17th century. In the earlier years following its creation, the square was used as a burial ground, a potter’s field, and as a pasture for live stock. Even in 1805, the Square was surrounded mostly by small, temporary huts. Beginning after 1815, numerous improvements were made to the Square, including the addition of a walkway and various tree plantings. The Square was renamed in 1825 in honor of George Washington and his soldiers. During the rest of the 19th century, Victorian townhouses and various businesses were built. In the 20th century, numerous high rise apartment buildings began to surround the square. In 1954, the famous Tomb of the Unknown solider was built to honor Revolutionary War soldiers. Today this neighborhood is a mix of residences, restaurants, bars, and shops, including “Antiques Row” on Pine Street between 11th and 12th Streets. The neighborhood also has an area dubbed "the Gayborhood," known for its friendliness towards the LGBT community.


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Washington Square West Civic Association

US History on Washington Square

Antiques Row

Wikipedia on Washington Square West

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