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November 18, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Weeks after Pope Francis paraded past adoring throngs along Philadelphia's premier boulevard, a new frenzy has taken hold on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Towering cranes, traffic detours, and construction fences have created a Legoland out of Logan Square, whose Swann Memorial Fountain forms the heart of the majestic avenue connecting City Hall and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. All around the fountain, apartment towers rise, workers topple Vine Street Expressway bridges only to build them back up, and old buildings make way for new hotels.
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June 22, 1998 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / MICHAEL S. WIRTZ
Little Leaguer Ben Axelrod, 9, cooled off with a washcloth yesterday at Ben Franklin Parkway and 21st Street. Yesterday's high was 92 degrees, and forecasters expect a high today of 88.
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September 25, 1995 | ANDREA MIHALIK/ DAILY NEWS
Puerto Ricans from across the region celebrated their heritage yesterday with a parade on the Ben Franklin Parkway in Center City. Children and adults marched, danced and twirled batons to festive beats.
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October 11, 1988 | ANDREA MIHALIK/ DAILY NEWS
Enjoying yesterday's crisp autumn weather, Lori Beth Galiano, Phillip Galliano and Eric Rudzinski climb on a work by sculptor Waldemar Raemisch on the Ben Franklin Parkway between 20th and 21st streets.
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May 2, 1997 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / VICKI VALERIO
Tilting into the wind, a woman struggles across the Ben Franklin Parkway at 17th Street. The thunderstorm yesterday also brought hail - from dime-size to perhaps an inch - to the region, the National Weather Service said. Winds reached 60 m.p.h. in Bucks County.
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November 12, 1998 | DAVID MAIALETTI/ DAILY NEWS
(Above) Civil War re-enactors from the 3rd Regiment Infantry raise the first flag next to the All Wars Memorial during a Veterans Day ceremony on the Ben Franklin Parkway yesterday. (Left) Ezekiel Bey, a re-enactor who helped raise the flag, listens to the ceremony.
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May 7, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
POP ICON Nicki Minaj will be among the star-studded lineup at this year's annual 4th of July Jam on the Parkway, long touted as the largest free outdoor concert in America. Minaj, along with Questlove and the Roots, will light up the Ben Franklin Parkway for the annual Wawa Welcome America bash this summer. Jennifer Hudson, Ed Sheeran, Aloe Blacc, Ariana Grande and Vicci Martinez will also perform at the Party on the Parkway, the climax of a week's worth of events. "There's pretty much nothing the Roots won't do for the city of Philadelphia," Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson said.
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September 7, 2015 | By Jonathan Lai and Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writers
City officials billed this weekend's Made in America festival as a chance to test a beefed-up cellular network in advance of the pope's visit at the end of the month. The early returns? According to users, not great. "The phone service is really terrible," said Eliza Stoughton, of North Carolina. "Terrible," Elizabeth Harner, a student at the University of Pennsylvania, said of the cellphone service. "And this fake free WiFi - what is this?" Concert organizers had set up WiFi networks for attendees, but many said they had trouble connecting.
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July 8, 2016
AHMIR "Questlove" Thompson of the Roots hopped on the Facebook and did some Tuesday morning quarterbacking of this year's family-friendly-but-definitely-less-hip Fourth of July concert on the Ben Franklin Parkway. Mayor Kenney did not fare well. "So uh July Fif. How y'all feeling Philadelphia? That's what y'all wanted . . . right?" Thompson asked in a sarcastic 4:12 a.m. post. That was followed soon after by a lengthy screed that was part postmortem, part hissy-fit aimed at Kenney and his underlings.
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July 7, 2016 | By Ronnie Polaneczky
WELL, ISN'T this surprising. Four years ago, with lots of fanfare, Mayor Michael Nutter issued a ban on group feeding in city parks. Yesterday, with little to-do, Mayor Kenney lifted it. Kenney's reason confirms the suspicions of those who believe the ban was more about appeasing rich tourists than it was about protecting the poor. "The mayor doesn't want Philadelphia to be a city with this ban on the books," said Kenney spokeswoman Lauren Hitt. "He doesn't like the signal it sends and how it stigmatizes the poor.
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July 6, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, Music Critic
This year's Wawa Welcome America! pre-fireworks July 4 concert on the Ben Franklin Parkway was an early-bird special. With a goal of getting the explosions in the sky started by 10, the show's biggest names - Hamilton star and Philadelphia native Leslie Odom Jr. and Fort Worth, Texas, retro-soul singer Leon Bridges - had both completed their sets by 6:30 p.m. Odom, who grew up in East Oak Lane, was billed as both a star of the show and...
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2016 | By Alexandra Villarreal, STAFF WRITER
Father's Day is Sunday, and Philadelphia boasts a number of opportunities to show Dad how much you care while also having a ball. One Liberty Observation Desk 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, One Liberty Observation Deck , 1650 Market St., 57th Floor, 215-561-3325. If your father's big on heights and sights, he'll get free entry to One Liberty Observation Deck on Saturday and Sunday, when accompanied by one paid admission. If you're really ambitious, catch a free Philly From the Top tour between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Academy of Natural Sciences 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, Academy of Natural Sciences , 1900 Ben Franklin Parkway,  215-299-1043.
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March 15, 2016 | By Sofiya Ballin, Staff Writer
Philadelphia is home to one of the oldest St. Patrick's Day parades in the nation and - according to listicles across the Web - one of the best. On a cool and drizzly Sunday morning, the Ben Franklin Parkway became a mosaic of green, with kilts and shamrocks. Bagpipes were the soundtrack to reunions as family and friends lined the Parkway. "There's a lot of anticipated excitement," said Maddy Williams, 19, who brought two friends with her. The Philadelphia Emerald Society marched down the Parkway, along with Irish dance troupes and bands playing Irish folk songs, many in traditional garb.
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November 18, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Weeks after Pope Francis paraded past adoring throngs along Philadelphia's premier boulevard, a new frenzy has taken hold on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Towering cranes, traffic detours, and construction fences have created a Legoland out of Logan Square, whose Swann Memorial Fountain forms the heart of the majestic avenue connecting City Hall and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. All around the fountain, apartment towers rise, workers topple Vine Street Expressway bridges only to build them back up, and old buildings make way for new hotels.
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September 28, 2015 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pop legends sang, the Philadelphia Orchestra performed Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, and a family-friendly comedian delivered punch lines. But nothing upstaged the true star of the extravaganza Saturday night on the Ben Franklin Parkway: the 78-year-old in a white robe and zucchetto. With a triumphant motorcade, Pope Francis' arrival at one of Center City's most iconic arteries culminated what amounted to a day of adulation for the pontiff making his first visit to the United States.
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September 7, 2015 | By Jonathan Lai and Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writers
City officials billed this weekend's Made in America festival as a chance to test a beefed-up cellular network in advance of the pope's visit at the end of the month. The early returns? According to users, not great. "The phone service is really terrible," said Eliza Stoughton, of North Carolina. "Terrible," Elizabeth Harner, a student at the University of Pennsylvania, said of the cellphone service. "And this fake free WiFi - what is this?" Concert organizers had set up WiFi networks for attendees, but many said they had trouble connecting.
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September 7, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Meghan Harrington left Boston with three friends at 5 a.m. Saturday for Philadelphia. Music, beer, and revelry beckoned. By 6 p.m., the four women rested on a park bench at the edge of Made in America on the Ben Franklin Parkway, drinking cans of Bud Light acquired for $12 each and a 30-minute wait in line. Tired? Yeah, right. "Beyoncé could keep me going for days without sleep," said Harrington, 29, a teacher. The four women joined a crowd of nearly 70,000 - making this two-day Made in America festival, the fourth annual Jay Z-created and Budweiser-backed spectacle, the largest yet. Three weeks before Pope Francis will draw hundreds of thousands to the Parkway, the swelling crowd generated some problems.
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September 6, 2015 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writer rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
PEOPLE AT THIS weekend's big party will likely feel hot, hot, HOT! So stay hydrated if you plan on gyrating to Beyonce and other steamy headliners at the Made in America Festival, advised Everett Gillison, city deputy mayor for public safety. "Please drink water in addition to anything else that you might drink," Gillison said yesterday during an afternoon press briefing at the event site on the Ben Franklin Parkway. "It's going to be warm. Please act responsibly. " The 4th annual festival begins today at noon and runs through tomorrow, featuring 62 acts on five stages.
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