Enhancing the Ben Franklin Parkway

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.

View a gallery of before and after photos of a renewed Benjamin Franklin Parkway and its attractions.

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What Is Antibiotic Resistance—and How Can We Fight It?

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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also known as “superbugs,” are a major threat to modern medicine. But how does resistance work, and what can we do to slow the spread? Read personal stories, expert accounts, and more for the answers to those questions in our four-week email series: Slowing Superbugs.

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