July 1, 2013 |
Imagined as a grand and verdant boulevard almost a century ago, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway eventually became less Champs-Élysées and more Le Mans. The "pleasure drive" toward the museum and East and West River Drives became a continuous drag race lined by a blur of trees - except, that is, for the weekends, when it shuts down for festivals, parades, races, and charity walks. The Parkway has witnessed fantastic renewal during the last six years with the Philadelphia Museum of Art's expansion, the Rodin Museum's renovation, the Barnes Foundation's relocation, more trees, bike lanes, the idyllic Sister Cities Park, and a new road design to "complete traffic calming," a phrase I love.
November 23, 2012 |
22nd Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the southwest corner. For 40 years that's been Ed Proudman's spot for the Thanksgiving Day Parade, the place where he dragged children from their warm beds and now watches them do the same with their children. Where he brings his ladder so late arrivals without manners don't block the kids' view. And perhaps most importantly, where he gets out of the house for a few hours so his wife can get some peace while she prepares Thanksgiving dinner.
September 1, 2012
An editorial Friday confused the 1985 Live Aid concert at John F. Kennedy Stadium with the 2005 Live 8 concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
December 14, 2007 |
The Benjamin Franklin Parkway will turn into a holiday highway on Sunday, with programs and attractions for friends and families. With seven institutions participating, there is bound to be something for everyone, and for those who want to indulge in more than one event, another is just a block or two away. The Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul at 18th Street and the Parkway will present its Christmas Concert of Sacred Music at 2 p.m., featuring the Cathedral Basilica Choir, Brass Quartet, Percussion and Handbells.
February 23, 2007 |
In a pouring rain, city leaders wore bowler hats in front of the Rodin Museum yesterday as they marked the 100th anniversary of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. "This is a wonderful time to be here," said Ralph Archbold, who often portrays Franklin. "To be at the exact location where, 100 years ago today, construction began on this parkway. The only sad thing about it was that it took another 30 years before they gave it a great name: the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. " The city leaders stood next to a black-and-white photograph from 1907 in which civic leaders - all wearing bowler hats - marked the beginning of demolition for the Parkway construction.
October 6, 2004
LIKE JOHN Binswanger, I am a person who loves Philadelphia and has been outspoken about its extraordinary attributes. However, I come to a different conclusion about the wisdom of moving the Barnes Foundation to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. What is needed on the Parkway is life and excitement and beauty, not a facsimile Barnes Foundation that is a small part of a large museum. The Parkway was modeled on the Champs ?lys?es in Paris. But there are no cultural institutions on the Champs ?lys?es.
July 9, 2001
Philadelphia glimmered in the national spotlight last week - but one glaring problem existed: Independence Hall was closed. On the 225th anniversary of the founding of our great nation, we Americans were not allowed to see where it all happened. At Independence Hall - where the concept of all people created equal was a truly new idea presented by the Founders - commoners were not allowed on the most important day so our president and guests could have an invitation-only photo opportunity.
November 1, 1996 |
This year's Philadelphia Marathon and its companion 8-K, the third since the race's resurrection, will be on Nov. 24. Hoping to become a long-lived tradition, the marathon will follow the same course as it did last year, a breathtaking fall tour of the city's finest sites: Starting from the Art Museum steps, the course follows the Benjamin Franklin Parkway past City Hall, onto Arch Street, past Independence Hall to Front Street. Runners will then head down Front to South Street, then to Sixth, to Chestnut and back west, this time past the University of Pennsylvania, into Fairmount Park, past the zoo and around Memorial Hall - and back down West River Drive to the Art Museum, where they will turn onto Kelly Drive all the way to Manayunk's Main Street and eventually back on Kelly Drive to the finish line at the Art Museum.
September 7, 1995 |
City Councilman Thacher Longstreth spent part of yesterday flipping pogs with Ellie Lisle and Terrance Deas at JFK Plaza. The fun also had a purpose: to promote the upcoming Super Sunday, the city's annual "block party" on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
June 28, 1994 |
There's usually no reason to celebrate when a major traffic thoroughfare is shut down. But there will be tomorrow, when they close the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Parkway will be the site of the Philadelphia Inquirer Parkway Night Out, the opening celebration for Welcome America! the city's weeklong bash to commemorate Independence Day. The Night Out's main attraction will be free admission from 5 to 9 p.m. to the museums and cultural centers that line the Parkway.