Karen Heller: Next step in the Parkway's makeover promises fun - Philly
Imagined as a grand and verdant boulevard almost a century ago, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway eventually became less Champs-Élysées and more Le Mans. The "pleasure drive" toward the museum and East and West River Drives became a continuous drag race lined by a blur of trees - except, that is, for the weekends, when it shuts down for festivals, parades, races, and charity walks.