This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
With the many demands on his time, it was no easy matter to get Mr. Meehan to accept the honor offered him of a seat in the City Councils of Philadelphia. But one of the leading motives which finally induced an acceptance was, that he might possibly succeed in getting for the people of Philadelphia, a system of small parks or squares over at least that portion of its hundred square miles of territory not yet actually closely built over. It is a great pleasure to say that this legislation has now been accomplished; and small squares or parks, of not less than ten nor more than twenty acres, are to be located at once, as roads are located, and taken for use as roads are taken when dense population moves up to them. Under this plan, it is believed Philadelphia will be better provided with small parks than any city in the world.