Philadelphia Historic Timeline - 1683: William Penn publishes the plan for the City of Philadelphia, as designed by Thomas Holme. The map features a grid of streets, plus five squares or public green spaces. This grid survives today. Named streets run north or south. Numbered streets run east or west. Penn’s squares survive too: Rittenhouse, Logan (now Logan Circle), Center (now City Hall and Dilworth Park), Washington Square, between 6th and 7th Streets and Walnut and Spruce Streets, and Franklin Square, between 6th and 7th Streets and Race and Vine Streets.
Responding to Penn’s promise of religious tolerance, 13 German Mennonite and Quaker families settle in the German Township, northwest of Philadelphia.
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