The Perfect Square: A History of Rittenhouse Square
Publisher: Temple University Press | ISBN: 1592139884 | edition 2009 | PDF | 224 pages | 3,3 mb
Great cities and neighborhoods rise and fall, yet Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia has seized the imagination and envy of social climbers, urban planners, and novelists alike for two centuries. In "The Perfect Square", Nancy Heinzen - a resident of Rittenhouse Square for over 40 years and an activist committed to its preservation - provides the first full-length social history of this public urban space. One of the five squares William Penn established when he founded the city, the southwest-situated Rittenhouse Square has transformed from a marshy plot surrounded by brickyards and workers' shanties into the epicenter of Philadelphia high society it is today.