Philadelphia’s Enduring Grid

 An illustration of the city imprinted in the wider region before it even existed. Illustration: Library of Congress

An illustration of the city imprinted in the wider region before it even existed. Illustration: Library of Congress

The Guardian has a story on the origin and impact of Philadelphia’s 17th-century grid layout of streets.

“Philadelphia grid marks birth of America’s urban dream.” The author argues that “However much the physical imprint of Penn’s plan may morph and fade, the values inscribed in his grid and squares – egality, adaptability, community, greenness – promise to shape the city’s image for years to come.”

~Thanks to Asha W. Agrawal for this post

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