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June 8, 2009
I LOVE newspapers, but they can annoy me to no end. Two people on a bike get injured, all hell breaks loose, and we get these exaggerated assertions about changing the Parkway and the river drives. Back when then-West River Drive was one-way during morning and afternoon rush hours, one confused person went the wrong way and was killed. For one incident, they permanently changed the drive to two-way. Thirty-plus years later, we're about to go through the same stupidity. When cars crash into trees on the drive and a driver is injured or killed, do we do anything then?
NEWS
July 17, 1988 | By Thomas Hine, Inquirer Architecture Critic
The Benjamin Franklin Parkway is an urban gesture of tremendous physical and symbolic strength, though Philadelphians have never been too sure about what it ought to be. It was, at first, designed as a grand boulevard lined with civic institutions clad in imperial garb. Later, when it became clear that only a capital city could produce enough such buildings, the focus of the design was shifted to a few key buildings - such as the Art Museum and the Free Library - with landscaping unifying this rather patchy development.
NEWS
July 23, 2003 | MARK ALAN HUGHES
MY 1908-15 city tax map is back from the framers. Several times over the past week or so, I've shown the map to neighbors - and everyone loves to see what their surrounding blocks were like 100 years ago. The map shows, in exquisite cursive handwriting, the owner and physical dimensions of every building, street and sidewalk west of Logan Square, then part of the 10th Ward. The image is color-coded to show whether buildings were made of brick, stone or wood (the hand-painted shading is detailed enough to convey that a house had brick walls, a stone facade and a wooden kitchen in back)
NEWS
July 6, 2015 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Culture Writer
During September's great papal convergence, when well over a million Catholics and associated others are expected to blanket the city from river to river, more than a few visitors might want to see the riches arts and culture groups have worked hard to lay out before them. Right there on the Parkway, at the locus of festivities for Pope Francis' visit, an exhibition of Bibles beckons at the Free Library. The Franklin Institute is flying in treasures from the Vatican. And for a knowing crowd, a postcard-sized 15th-century oil by Jan van Eyck at the Philadelphia Museum of Art awaits the devotional gaze, its title of suddenly modern relevance: Saint Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmata . But the ability to take in the city's cultural riches will be hindered.
NEWS
August 21, 2000 | DAVID MAIALETTI / DAILY NEWS
Hundreds came to the Parkway yesterday to enjoy Unity Day, a celebration of African-American Unity in which every aspect of African-American art and education was represented in a pavilion. Crowds took in the fun, and it's grand finale was a concert with Philadelphia's own Patti LaBelle.
SPORTS
February 7, 1991 | By Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
One of these decades, the Public League will sail through a controversy- free basketball season. Not this year, though. Today, which brings the final bracket of regular-season action, one result already is known: Parkway has forfeited to Germantown. The action was taken by Tom Jacoby, the school district's curriculum support coordinator for athletics, in the aftermath of what he termed "a screw-up" on the part of Parkway's adminstration. Parkway has signed a contract to visit Central Pennsylvania power Williamsport Saturday night.
SPORTS
February 27, 1987 | By TED SILARY, Daily News Sports Writer
Wasul Crawford has attended the past five Public League basketball championship games at Temple's McGonigle Hall. When this season's championship game rolls around, Crawford would like to be there wearing a uniform. "I live around 16th and Diamond streets, so McGonigle Hall is right nearby," Crawford said. "Every time they've played the championship there, my pop has taken me over to watch. I remember seeing Mastbaum-Franklin (1982), Overbrook-West (1983) - all the way up. "I'd always sit there and think, 'I hope I can do this someday.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 1997 | By Michael Klein, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
They call Super Sunday on the Parkway the world's largest block party. Given that the Parkway is one of the widest streets in the world, and given that hundreds of thousands of people fill five blocks of it, you may never hear anyone contradicting that claim. This 27th running of Super Sunday will have everything - entertainment, health and fitness activities, crafts to do and buy, and food. A mascot parade at noon, led by Mayor Rendell, will feature characters, marching bands and drill teams.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 1990 | By Anita Myette, Inquirer Staff Writer
Calling all party animals. Philadelphia is throwing a little bash Oct. 14, and you're invited. The occasion is the annual Super Sunday spectacular on the Parkway. A Mummers parade will open this year's event, which will include displays from area organizations and a wide array of entertainment. New this year: a Battle of the Bands contest and a Family Fun Stage with Michael Weilbacher of WHYY-FM's Earth Talk Saturday performing in "Rollickin' Dinosaur Revue" and hosting other events.
NEWS
September 7, 2012
Walkers, runners, and bikers can get a sneak preview of the long-awaited Route 202 Parkway in Bucks and Montgomery Counties at two Sunday morning parties. At the north end of the 8.4-mile parkway, Doylestown Township will offer a Family Fun Bike/Run/Walk from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. A skilled bike ride is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Only 21/2 miles of the two-lane road and 12-foot-wide shared-use path will be accessible, from the New Britain Road trailhead to Bristol Road. There also will be safety lessons, information booths, and food at the trailhead till about noon.
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NEWS
July 22, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Go in peace. Organizers are assuring the hundreds of thousands, even millions, of people who will throng Philadelphia for Pope Francis' visit in September that they need not worry about bathroom access. Porta-potties will abound, about one for every 250 people. And they'll be cleaned three times a day. More than 3,000 porta-potties and about 350 urinal stalls will be set up for the papal crowds. Organizers say the fleet, plus area restaurant and public restrooms, will provide for the 1.5 million people expected.
NEWS
July 17, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Plans for Pope Francis' visit to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will include consideration of the homeless people who frequently sleep there, organizers reiterated Wednesday. That may include some prized ticketed seating near the front of the stage for the Sept. 26 Festival of Families. The assurances came a day after a homeless man approached Mayor Nutter outside City Hall and tussled with a member of his security detail, forcing Nutter to pry the man off the aide. The man, identified as George Creamer, later told NBC10 that he was upset over plans to clear the Parkway of homeless people during the World Meeting of Families from Sept.
NEWS
July 17, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
CARLO STOOD at attention on the corner of Vine Street near 19th last week and saluted as former President Jimmy Carter's Secret Service caravan drove away from a book signing at the Free Library. Carlo, who gave his first and last name as Carlo - "Everybody just knows me as Carlo" - didn't know who was in the large black SUVs with the tinted windows and flashing lights. It didn't matter. "I always salute for government officials," he said. The empty patch of grassy land where Carlo salutes passing officials is his front yard, his back yard and his bed - his slice of the American dream.
BUSINESS
July 15, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Parkway Corp. has paid $2.8 million for vacant land on the 2200 block of Market Street, giving it control over nearly the entire block where Center City's last porn theater once operated. Market West Associates, a Parkway affiliate, bought parcels totaling 5,250 square feet on June 9 from Richard Basciano, who had owned the Forum Theater, according to records filed with the city. The land sandwiches an additional 1,340 square feet purchased on May 11 from the estate of Anthony Trombetta, who had operated the Forum and the nearby Basciano-owned Les Gals strip club, records showed.
NEWS
July 8, 2015
CONTRARY TO the old Army recruiting slogan, July 4 in Philadelphia is not all that it can be. A rain-dappled Saturday held down attendance some, but I think the fault lies elsewhere. The morning ceremonies at Independence Hall lacked a hook, which it once had. More troubling was the evening concert on the Parkway, which has several problems, including scrubbing of any trace of the "P-word:" Patriotism. To some people, "patriotism" smacks of jingoism rather than simple love of country (even though love sometimes means having to say you're sorry)
NEWS
July 6, 2015 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Culture Writer
During September's great papal convergence, when well over a million Catholics and associated others are expected to blanket the city from river to river, more than a few visitors might want to see the riches arts and culture groups have worked hard to lay out before them. Right there on the Parkway, at the locus of festivities for Pope Francis' visit, an exhibition of Bibles beckons at the Free Library. The Franklin Institute is flying in treasures from the Vatican. And for a knowing crowd, a postcard-sized 15th-century oil by Jan van Eyck at the Philadelphia Museum of Art awaits the devotional gaze, its title of suddenly modern relevance: Saint Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmata . But the ability to take in the city's cultural riches will be hindered.
NEWS
July 5, 2015 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
With more than 700,000 people expected Saturday on the Parkway for Independence Day festivities, city officials say they are focused on keeping everyone safe. "There has been a lot of preparation and coordination to make this a safe and enjoyable event," said Michael Resnick, the city's director of public safety. "People should come out and have fun and be vigilant. If anything seems out of place, please report it to 911 or any police officer. " Those officers will be easy to find, with a strong police presence set for the events.
NEWS
June 18, 2015 | By Erin Edinger-Turoff, Inquirer Staff Writer
Next summer, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will host a new urban curiosity: glowing, inhabitable sculptures that will carry visitors from City Hall to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The moving illuminants will traverse the concrete jungle as part of an Association of Public Art (aPA) exhibit called Fireflies by Cai Guo-Qiang, a New York-based artist. The exhibit, a world premiere, is made possible in part by a grant from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. The grant is for $300,000.
TRAVEL
June 8, 2015 | By Jen Miller, For The Inquirer
Looking to get out on the open road this summer? How about one that cuts across the Appalachian Mountains and has provided drivers, motorcyclists, and cyclists with stunning views of mountains and rivers and waterfalls for 80 years? The Blue Ridge Parkway was begun in 1935 as a Franklin D. Roosevelt New Deal project, built to give jobs to the Depression-era unemployed. It also provided tourism options to all those new automobile drivers. When the last piece - the Linn Cove Viaduct - was added in 1983, the 469-mile ribbon of road was completed, with end points in Shenandoah National Park at the juncture with Skyline Drive in Virginia and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park along the North Carolina-Tennessee border.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2015 | By Victoria Mier, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Ben Franklin Parkway will get a makeover into a Parisian-style wonderland with the public art installation "Future Sensations," starting Friday. Partnering with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and the Fairmount Park Conservancy, the French buildings-material company Saint-Gobain will offer pop-up beer gardens, food trucks, and night-to-day entertainment. But the main events are the five pavilions, ranging from 13 to 70 feet high, and telling the story of Saint-Gobain's 350-year history.
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