Rittenhouse Square Reconsidered: Part Four, Neglect & Disrepair at Philadelphia's Premiere Address
So far we've looked at the way that exterior and interior spaces of Rittenhouse Square could be improved and modernized. Here we'll look at a more basic concern facing the Square: maintenance. Though the Friends of Rittenhouse Square engage in fundraising for capital improvements, it is clear that long-term issues needing significant capital investment are becoming more and more pressing with each year.
Below we'll look at just a fraction of these issues:
On the exterior side of the circular path, backless benches can open sightlines on to the grass in the “Highly Used” sections, as well as the areas shaded in light blue (more about those areas later). The arching white stripes in the purple sections symbolize new “pathlets” to nowhere. These would essentially be tastefully designed paved flat stone paths set directly level with the grass that would prevent people from playing on the open fields without disrupting sightlines in the original Paul Cret design.