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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.
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.
SPORTS
January 24, 1992 | By Gwen Knapp, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Playing on a tender ankle and against neighborhood friends who had mocked him a week earlier, Amiri Johnson scored a career-high 41 points yesterday to lead Parkway past Olney, 74-65, in a Public League game. Parkway, the ninth-ranked team in The Inquirer's Southeastern Pennsylvania basketball poll, is now 14-3 overall and 5-1 in Public League play. Olney, ranked fifth in the most recent poll, fell to 12-4 and 4-2. A week before, when Parkway suffered a humiliating 59-36 loss against Simon Gratz, a sore left ankle had limited Johnson to 12 points in a little more than a half.
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NEWS
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.
NEWS
July 6, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai and Martha Woodall, STAFF WRITERS
Maybe, some visitors said, the gray skies and impending rain kept the crowds thinner than usual. Others thought the musical lineup might have had something to do with the smaller audience. Or, some said, it was the construction on the Parkway. Still, this is Philadelphia - the country's birthplace, the reason Fourth of July means more than just the date. A little rain wasn't stopping the party. "It might be raining, but we're not going anywhere. I'm still having a good time," said Saladin Weens, 39, of North Philadelphia, who came out with his 13-year-old daughter, Nailah.
NEWS
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...
NEWS
June 30, 2016 | By Dan Geringer, Staff Writer
Leon Bridges, the 26-year-old rhythm-and-blues singer with the 50-year-old soul, will bring his high-waisted vintage slacks and his playful-to-prayerful love songs to the July 4th Wawa Welcome America! party on the Ben Franklin Parkway. Bridges, who channels Ben E. King's "Stand by Me" and Sam Cooke's "You Send Me" every time he sings his neo-soul serenades, is a young master of old-school vulnerability. "The world leaves a bitter taste in my mouth, girl," he laments on "Coming Home," the title song on his breakout 2015 debut album, which skyrocketed him from obscurity to omnipresence on the concert circuit.
NEWS
June 27, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
Two New York City men were killed and two others were injured in a one-vehicle crash off the Garden State Parkway in Atlantic County early Saturday. About 12:50 a.m., New Jersey State Police troopers responded to a report of a car that had veered into the woods near milepost 48.6, in Port Republic. Darryl Thomas, 27, of Brooklyn, was driving a 2016 Nissan Maxima southbound in the left lane of the parkway when he lost control of the car, which then traveled across the road to the right, crashed through the guardrail, and overturned several times down an embankment and into a marsh, state police said.
NEWS
May 11, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
An inmate who escaped from a South Jersey prison has been apprehended after a search that lasted nearly a week. Arthur Buckel, 38, was taken into custody in a wooded area off the Garden State Parkway in Ocean County, according to Lacey Township police. He was arrested without incident about 11:30 a.m. Monday, after he was spotted overnight at a highway rest stop. Buckel had apparently expressed a desire to turn himself in and was making arrangements to surrender at the Forked River rest area on Garden State Parkway, but left before authorities arrived, police said.
SPORTS
April 22, 2016 | By Connor Northrup, Staff Writer
Shayonn Talley kept throwing strikes. Talley tossed a no-hitter in Parkway West's 20-1 win against visiting Edison in a Public League Silver Division softball game Wednesday. She pitched three innings before the game ended because of the mercy rule. Parkway West's Imani Dennis finished 4 for 4 with four runs and five RBIs. She also tripled, as did Nicole James. Public League Platinum. Rush's Morgan Hoffman earned a win in her first high school start, helping Rush defeat host Swenson, 22-0, in three innings.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, Staff Writer
Parkway Corp. has carved its development niche amassing Center City property, banking it as paid parking, then building it up when the time is right. But it's trying something new at the former car-rental lot it owns at 20th and Arch Streets, which it is now looking to sell as undeveloped land. "It is a little bit of a different thing from our strategy," Parkway president Robert Zuritsky said of its move to market the former Avis Rent a Car System L.L.C. lot it acquired just over a year ago. "We're just exploring to see what the market is. " The shift comes amid concerns that Center City's rising real estate values may be losing some momentum.
NEWS
February 28, 2016
International Pop Through May 15 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street and the Parkway. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, until 8:45 p.m. Wednesday and Friday. Admission: Adults, $20; seniors (65 and up), $18; students and youths (13-18), $14; children, free. (Discount available online.) Information: 215-763-8100 or www.philamuseum.org .
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