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Old 07-02-2017, 05:22 PM
 
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Historically no building could be built taller than William Penn's hat on top of city hall. That was rescinded in 1987 after which the Liberty Place towers were constructed.
Not quite. Ground was broken on May 13, 1985 for Liberty Place I. It opened in 1987.
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Old 07-02-2017, 05:35 PM
 
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For a while they weren't allowed to build anything higher than the statue on top of city hall, but they eventually gave up on that. Some people even used to believe that the Statue put a curse on the city and that's why they couldn't win any sports championships. I was living in suburban South Jersey when the Phillies won the World Series and as a Mets fan I could never hear the end of how "the curse was lifted". There were people that deadass actually believed in that too.
The developer of Liberty Place, Willard Rouse, struggled mightily to convince the city and with people's attitudes about changing the "rule". There was a lot of resistance. Obviously he won.

When the first Comcast tower was being erected, construction guys put a William Penn doll atop the tower when it was topped off. True story. The Phillies won the WS after that.
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Old 07-03-2017, 04:35 AM
 
Location: Montco PA
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For a while they weren't allowed to build anything higher than the statue on top of city hall, but they eventually gave up on that. Some people even used to believe that the Statue put a curse on the city and that's why they couldn't win any sports championships. I was living in suburban South Jersey when the Phillies won the World Series and as a Mets fan I could never hear the end of how "the curse was lifted". There were people that deadass actually believed in that too.
And as a Mets fan, you were so smart that you knew the curse wasn't real.
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