Update on Logan Square

After spending a few hours googling for the reason for the Logan Square Demo, and of couse after Suzanne wrote that the trees were ill, and after trying to read the small print on the banner on the fence surrounding Logan Square, I finally found written info on the developments in Logan Square at http://www.pennsylvaniahorticulturalsociety.org. The info is in PDF format, and really wasn’t easy to find, but let me quote from the document.

Why are the Paulowania’s being removed?
Along with the beloved Swann Memorial Fountain, created by Alexander Stirling Calder, the 12 empress trees are one of the most distinctive aspects of the current Logan Square landscape. ….The investigation found that three of the aging trees are in serious decline and should be removed immediately. Five more trees suffer maladies like cavities, cracks, fungus, and other structural problems. Two of the remaining four need drastic pruning, which would likely result in an unattractive form and would require yearly pruning to keep them stable. Only two of 12 trees are in good condition, and if they were to remain, they would be threatened by construction activities. For these reasons, PHS and the Fairmount Park Commission decided to remove all of the trees and plant new paulownias.

I couldn’t find any images of the new design, but it sounds really nice. The new trees they will play in the spring as the same trees as the ones removed. I was worried that for years these trees would just look small and out of place, but the ones they are growing in longwood gardens are growing at a rate of 9 inches per week! Yep these are some intense trees. So this made me very happy to know that the park will be looking more beautiful than it did before.
Here is another paragraph from the pdf explaining the new design…

The shape of the revised planting beds is inspired by the design of the Swann Fountain. Arcs of flowers, shrubs and groundcover will surround the lawn panels, emphasized by lines of low hedges. To preserve views into and out of the space, none of the new plantings will exceed 3 feet in height. The design also calls for

3 Comments so far

  1. Christopher (unregistered) on October 14th, 2005 @ 12:57 pm

    I was gonna say not to worry. Those things grow at lightspeed. We have one next to my building that gets mowed down to the ground every spring, and by the end of summer it’s a good 12 feet high again. Paulownias are pretty amazing.


  2. Mel Seligsohn (unregistered) on January 31st, 2006 @ 9:08 am

    What’s happening with the addition to the Libary? Will they break ground in 06? Has there been any solution to the growing homeless problem in front of the building? Does anybody know of plans for the area east of 19th St around Vine? I’m moving back to the city into the area. L’ve always loved it but you never know with the city. It seems to take centures to get things done. That’s the problem with one party rule.


  3. Mel Seligsohn (unregistered) on January 31st, 2006 @ 9:09 am

    What’s happening with the addition to the Libary? Will they break ground in 06? Has there been any solution to the growing homeless problem in front of the building? Does anybody know of plans for the area east of 19th St around Vine? I’m moving back to the city into the area. L’ve always loved it but you never know with the city. It seems to take centures to get things done. That’s the problem with one party rule.



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