Philadelphia: Then and Now

  • March 05, 2018

Trust Magazine Winter 2018

Editor’s Recommendation

Pew: 70 Years of Committed Public Service

by Howard Lavine

Winter 2018

It's not just the cars and cityscape that have changed since 1948, when The Pew Charitable Trusts first established itself in its hometown of Philadelphia. The Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the grand boulevard that runs from the Philadelphia Museum of Art to City Hall, has undergone a facelift, too. Years of use had left the parkway overcrowded, unattractive, and unsafe for pedestrians and bicyclists. Beginning in 2001, Pew began to work with city and state officials to install new lighting, bike lanes, granite curbs, and plantings that helped turn the mile-long thoroughfare into an animated urban campus. It's now home to Sister Cities Park, a water wonderland for children, and the Barnes Foundation, one of the world's greatest art collections.

Al Tielemans/The Pew Charitable Trusts