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Enhancing the Ben Franklin Parkway

  • September 21, 2015

The Benjamin Franklin Parkway was designed by French urban planner Jacques Gréber in the early 1900s to emulate the Champs-Élysées in Paris, and it has become one of Philadelphia’s proudest accomplishments.

Starting in 2001, The Pew Charitable Trusts joined with the city of Philadelphia, the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the William Penn Foundation, and cultural and civic organizations to make the Parkway more attractive, convenient, and friendly for walking, bicycling, and other uses. The 11-year transformation included streetscape improvements throughout; new lighting, sculptures, and other enhancements to Logan Square; restoration of the Rodin Museum grounds and courtyard garden; and an entirely new Sister Cities Park.

Today, the pastoral, tree-lined boulevard, which connects City Hall to the vast greenery of Fairmount Park, is home to many of the region’s most important cultural institutions; hosts popular festivals, races, and other mass gatherings; and serves as an appealing destination for residents and visitors alike.

Learn more about Pew’s efforts to refurbish the Parkway on page 18 of the Fall 2012 issue of Trust magazine.

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