Thomas S. and Vincent Luongo Memorial Square was named in honor of World War I veterans who lived nearby. Before the name change in 1938, this was Decatur Square, and today a rare space evocative of 19th century city life. These smaller squares were home to Providence’s working class. When the industrial bottom fell out, many left these dense neighborhoods for the suburbs, leaving derelict properties behind. Organizations like the WBNA and the Providence Revolving Fund served as advocates and change-makers to redevelop and reanimate this now dynamic historic space.