Escapes: Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Boulevard of Culture

Publication: Washington Post

Author: Robert DiGiacomo

05/25/2012 - Philadelphia’s nearly century-old Benjamin Franklin Parkway is something of a late bloomer.

Modeled after Paris’s Champs-Elysees, the wide, tree-lined boulevard that links City Hall and downtown with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Fairmount Park boasts some of the city’s great cultural institutions: the Franklin Institute, the Rodin Museum, the Free Library’s Central Library. But you’ll find few of the shops, restaurants and cafes that give life to its Parisian counterpart.

Now, this month’s opening of a $150 million museum housing the Barnes Foundation’s renowned collection of impressionist, post-impressionist and early modern works offers one of several compelling new reasons to come to the parkway and stay awhile.

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