The American Planning Association (APA) has designated Rittenhouse Square, one of the original five squares in William Penn's "Greene Countrie Towne," as one of the nation's top 10 great public spaces for 2010. The APA said it singled out Rittenhouse Square because of the long-standing tradition of residents' maintaining the park.
"We're very excited to name Rittenhouse Square as one of this year's great public spaces," APA chief executive officer Paul Farmer said in a statement. "For Philadelphians and tourists, Rittenhouse Square is a true landmark. City officials and residents have done a spectacular job in carrying out William Penn's original plan for their city and keeping Rittenhouse Square a remarkable public space."