The Inquirer’s observer of Philadelphia’s architecture and related matters, Inga Saffron, recently wrote about the rumblings of redevelopment in Harrowgate, the neighborhood where I was born and my family had lived since before the Civil War.

On April 16, 1789, two days after he was notified that the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia had elected him president of the new government, George Washington left his home on the Potomac River in Virginia and started out for New York.