Vine Street (Philadelphia)

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Original street plan of Philadelphia (1683). Vine Street is the street at the top.

Vine Street is a major east-west street in Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It begins at the Delaware River, and proceeds west until 20th Street, where it merges with the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. In West Philadelphia, it begins again near the intersection of 52nd Street & Haverford Avenue, and ends just past 66th Street, in Cobbs Creek Park. Vine Street is non-continuous between 5th and 7th Streets, because of the Vine Street Expressway and the approach to the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.

Vine Street as viewed from Camac Street, showing intersection at 11th Street

It was part of Philadelphia's original street plan, laid out by William Penn and Thomas Holme in 1682, and remained the northern border of the City of Philadelphia until 1854.[1]

It forms the northern border of Franklin Square and Logan Circle. Parkway Central Library, the main branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia system and the (now-vacant) Family Court Building both have their main entrances on Vine Street.

References[edit]

  1. ^ William Penn plans the City, from University of Virginia.