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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
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.
NEWS
December 4, 2012 | By Aubrey Whelan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Standing in the middle of the brand-new Route 202 Parkway, State Rep. Kathy Watson (R., Bucks) held up a photocopy of a nearly 60-year-old newspaper with a front-page article in which Doylestown residents urged elected officials to build a Route 202 bypass. "Times have changed, people have changed, and we're lucky that some of them lived to see this to completion," she said. "This is the people's parkway. " Local and state officials gathered Monday to cut the ribbon on a $200 million parkway that has been discussed for decades but reached completion just this month.
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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November 26, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Crews building the Rodin Square apartment and shopping complex near the Philadelphia Museum of Art have laid the final beam of the project's frame, a milestone for one of the more prominent developments in an increasingly upscale section of the city. The 10-story building's "topping-off," marked in a ceremony Tuesday, puts the $160 million project being developed at 501 N. 21st St. by Philadelphia's Rodin Group and Washington-based Dalian Development on track for completion in the summer.
NEWS
November 20, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dallas-based TIER REIT plans to sell Center City's Three Parkway building as part of a strategy to exit Philadelphia and focus on other core markets. The 20-story building at 1601 Cherry St. is listed among the properties in TIER REIT's "disposition pipeline" in a presentation on the company's website. The Texas-based real estate investment trust said it does not know when it will begin to actively market the property, spokeswoman Kelly Sargent said Wednesday. TIER REIT's only other remaining Philadelphia holding is a stake in the Wanamaker building for which it is currently seeking a buyer.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
September 29, 2015 | BY WILL BUNCH, DAVID GAMBACORTA, JULIE SHAW & WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writers bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
A MASSIVE throng of pilgrims who flocked to Philadelphia from across the nation and the world packed every inch of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway yesterday to hear Pope Francis end his historic, sometimes frenetic, U.S. tour with a simple and moving message of love. "Love is shown by little things, by attention to small, daily signs which make us feel at home," the 78-year-old Argentine pontiff said in his native Spanish, delivering a modest yet eloquent homily to a crowd that stretched from the pulpit in front of Eakins Oval toward City Hall, snaking down every side street.
NEWS
September 29, 2015 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pope Francis concluded his first visit to the United States Sunday by celebrating a Mass rich with pomp and music for countless thousands filling the Parkway. With hymns, liturgical chants in Latin and readings in different languages, pilgrims from Philadelphia and around the world joined together in an expression of faith that gives meaning to the word communion. In his homily, Francis, his face showing a measure of weariness after 10 days of travel, called for an openness to others, saying Jesus and Moses "both rebuke those closest to them for being so narrow.
NEWS
September 29, 2015 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, BARBARA LAKER & JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writers leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
FOR ERIC and Cathleen Kuryluk, yesterday was supposed to be a special moment. The Langhorne couple brought their three kids, with their so-called golden tickets in hand, to the papal Mass on the Ben Franklin Parkway. But after waiting for three hours to get through a security checkpoint that spanned for blocks, there was nothing golden about their tickets. "It sucks. It stinks," said Cathleen Kuryluk. "This was supposed to be a line for people with tickets. " By close to 3 p.m., they were three long blocks from the checkpoint, near 20th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard, where thousands of men, women and children, young and old, were elbow-to-elbow - some with tickets, some without.
NEWS
September 28, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THE TRIP from Damascus to Philadelphia takes about 30 hours, a jaunt halfway around the world. The contrast couldn't be greater. So when Riad Sargi stepped off the plane in South Philly yesterday, his wife and three kids at his side, he beamed with joy. Gone were the war-torn streets of his hometown, where a mortar shell recently exploded just 20 meters from his front door. They were replaced with the World Meeting of Families, an event of a lifetime for a man as devout in his faith as Sargi.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
September 28, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
WHEN THE Festival of Families kicks off tonight on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, one of the main musical acts will be Sister Sledge, who'll be belting out "We Are Family," a fitting anthem for the event. Except that particular "family" may be one member short, thanks to a feud between the Sledges. Kathy Sledge, the youngest member of the quartet, has apparently been ousted from the performance by her siblings Joni, Debbie and Kim, she said last night. "I don't want my fans to think I'm a 'no-show,' " Sledge said last night.
NEWS
September 26, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael Puggi, a native son of Ninth and McKean in South Philly, took a trip late Monday to the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. The area was primped for Pope Francis, who will celebrate a private Mass on Saturday morning at the cathedral while Puggi slings some papal T-shirts at Broad and Walnut. But before the pilgrims converged, Puggi marveled at the beauty of his city. The Knotted Grotto was lit with prayers, handwritten on strips of white paper. A woman approached, said she was from Mexico, and gave the 40-year-old union laborer a green bracelet.
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