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Read the Trust magazine article "A Parkway for the People" for more on our work to revive the iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
A major focus for Pew has been helping to enhance the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the tree-lined boulevard that connects City Hall to the vast greenery of Fairmount Park, and home to many of the region’s most important cultural institutions, including the famed Barnes Foundation art collection. 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 the city’s proudest accomplishments.
Pew joined with officials from the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, along with cultural and philanthropic leaders, to help make the Parkway more attractive, convenient and friendly for pedestrians, bicyclists and other public use. Dramatic enhancements have included new lighting, installation of sculptures and renovations to Logan Square, streetscape improvements, restoration of the Rodin Museum grounds and courtyard garden, and the creation of an entirely new Sister Cities Park.
View a slideshow of “before” and “after” photos of this renewed boulevard and its attractions.
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