The mile-long Benjamin Franklin Parkway, known as Museum Row, sweeps northwest from City Hall to the colossal Museum of Art in Fairmount Park, an area of countryside annexed by the city in the nineteenth century. Spanning nine hundred scenic acres on both sides of the Schuylkill River, this is one of the world’s largest landscaped city parks, with jogging, biking and hiking trails, early-American homes, an all-wars memorial to the state’s black soldiers, and the country’s first zoo at 3400 W Girard Ave (phillyzoo.org). In the late 1960s, local resident Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali all but brought the city to a standstill with the announcement one afternoon that they were heading to Fairmount for an informal slug-out.

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