Just west of City Market is Franklin Square, once known simply as “Water Tank Square” because that’s where the city reservoir was. Don’t be alarmed by the numbers of men hanging out in the square. Scruffy heirs to an old Savannah tradition, most of them are day laborers for hire.
Until recently, Franklin Square was, like Ellis Square, a victim of “progress,” this time in the form of a highway going right through the middle of it. But as part of the city’s effort to reclaim its history, Franklin Square was returned to its integral state in the mid-1980s.
© Jim Morekis from Moon Charleston & Savannah, 4th Edition