Lights out in Rittenhouse Square

I have been walking alone through Rittenhouse Square at night for years. I’ve never felt unsafe doing it. There are always people around and the square is always radically well-lit. Last night after class, I went over to a friend’s house who lives on the other side of the square from me to help him eat the leftover cheese from his birthday party and watch the previous night’s episode of Heros that he had DVR-ed. I left around 11:30 pm and as I crossed into the square I felt markedly uncomfortable. I increased my pace and tried to figure out why it was that I felt so nervous. Looking up, I realized that three quarters of the lamps in Rittenhouse were out. I don’t know if they had a power failure last night, or if this has been going on for some time, but I never realized how depending I was on those lights for making me feel safe as I walked through the square.

1 Comment so far

  1. Bill (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 10:43 pm

    We are contemplating a move to Philadelphia’s Washington Square and would very much appreciate any info that someone could provide regarding nightime lighting in the Square and crime rates in this immediate area.

    Thanks, Bill

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