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Old 10-21-2017, 06:57 AM
 
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The whole bridge argument, the entire reason the Philadelphians think Pittsburgh's Allegheny river bridges are not pedestrian-friendly is that they are arched, meaning you cannot see through to the other side. That's it. Its totally psychological. Once you are in Pittsburgh a little while you realize it's very easy to walk those bridges- you can hardly even tell you are walking up/down a grade when you are on them. Its nothing like walking across the Ben Franklin bridge. and yes, people use them for walking and biking constantly.

Oh, and by the way, if you don't want to, you can hop on the T, which has a free fare zone between downtown and north side. No cash, no machines, no cards, you just walk in, hop on the train, then walk out.

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Old 10-21-2017, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Center City
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Philadelphia is still emerging from its shell, and its biggest challenge is seeing itself as we transplants have come to see it. (And FWIW, I've written about this subject for a mass audience too.)
Loved the article. I think I’ve shared similar observations elsewhere on CD in some other forgotten thread. Transients are drawn here for Philly’s outstanding features and amenities - qualities natives don’t appreciate because they’ve never lived elsewhere. When I explain the characteristics that drew me to Philly, natives often look at me in slight disbelief, as if I’m pulling some sort of joke on them. An example: walking down Broad with a friend and explaining that people don’t live in downtown Houston, but leave the city vacant of life after the 5 pm rush hour. I could see the puzzlement in his face, trying to understand how any downtown be different from the Center City he takes for granted.
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Old 10-21-2017, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Updated Philadelphia Construction List - Over 10 floors - Completed since 2013

Completed since 2013
FMC Tower @ Cira Centre South - office/hotel/retail - 48 floors - 736 FT
Evo @ Cira Centre South - luxury apartments/retail - 33 floors - 430 FT
2116 Chestnut - luxury apartments/retail - 34 floors - 379 FT
Roberts Center for Pediatric Research - office/research/retail - 23 floors - 375 FT
1919 Market - luxury apartments/office/retail - 29 floors - 337 FT
3601 Market - luxury apartments/retail - 28 floors - 320 FT
Temple University Morgan Hall - dormitory/retail - 27 floors - 312 FT
Penn Medicine South Tower - office/medical/research/classroom - 19 floors - 302 FT
Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Research - medical/research - 14 floors - 292 FT
The Summit - luxury apartments/retail - 25 floors - 279 FT
3737 Chestnut - luxury apartments/retail - 25 floors - 278 FT
Philadelphia Family Court Building - office/government/municipal - 15 floors - 265 FT
One Riverside - luxury condos - 22 floors - 260 FT
Penn Medicine at Washington Square - office/medical/retail - 18 floors -260 FT
3737 Market - office/retail - 13 floors - 221 FT
Chestnut Square - luxury apartments/retail - 19 floors - 210 FT
Vue32 - luxury apartments/commercial - 17 floors - 206 FT
The Bridge - luxury apartments/retail - 17 floors
One Water Street - luxury apartments - 16 floors
NorthXNorthwest II - luxury apartments - 16 floors
The Beacon - luxury apartments/retail - 14 floors
The View at Montgomery - luxury apartments/retail - 14 floors
1900 Arch - luxury apartments/retail - 14 floors
Drexel University LeBow Hall - classrooms - 13 floors
2040 Market - luxury apartments/retail - 13 floors
AQ Rittenhouse - luxury apartments/commercial/retail - 12 floors
Dalian on the Park - luxury apartments/retail - 10 floors
The Study Hotel - hotel/retail - 10 floors

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W Hotel & Element by Westin - hotel/ retail - 51 floors - 581 FT
The Harper - luxury apartments/retail - 32 floors - 407 FT
500 Walnut - luxury condos/retail - 26 floors - 380 FT
The Alexander - luxury apartments/retail - 32 floors - 370 FT
Penn Medicine New Patient Pavilion - medical/research/retail - 17 floors - 343 FT
1213 Walnut - luxury apartments/retail - 26 floors - 294 FT
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Chinatown Eastern Tower - luxury apartments/office/commercial/retail - 21 floors - 251 FT
The Ludlow - East Market Tower I - luxury apartments/retail - 20 floors - 248 FT
3675 Market - office/retail - 15 floors -241 FT
1324 N. Broad - luxury apartments/retail - 17 floors - 215 FT
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Old 10-21-2017, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Northwest Philadelphia - This area of Philadelphia always gives me a Pittsburgh feel. This is the Schuylkill River. Bala Cynwyd is on the left, and Manayunk is on the right.


Green Lane Bridge by E Scott Wheaton, on Flickr


2017_October_218 by David O'Malley, on Flickr
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Old 10-21-2017, 04:49 PM
 
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Yep whenever I go to Manayunk its like I've just been back to Pittsburgh.
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Old 10-21-2017, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Might be the first time ever I've seen someone try to claim the three Sister Bridges in Downtown to the North Shore are not pedestrian friendly. Wow....
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Old 10-23-2017, 03:22 PM
 
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Just an FYI ... No Comment

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Old 10-23-2017, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Center City
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Who the EF is Paddy Power? Moody’s Analytics (heard of them?) ranks Philly at No 3 right behind Austin and Atlanta: moody amazon rankings.

Actually, look carefully at the actual final tally. You’ll see that that Austin and Atlanta are tied at 3.08 with Philly clocking in right on their heels at 3.07. Looks like a statistical dead heat.

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Old 10-23-2017, 04:27 PM
 
Location: North by Northwest
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Even for people with no horse in the race, it’s all educated speculation that, based on the data available, is best suited to qualitative arguments that take into account quantitative factors. While I believe that Philadelphia has a modest, but perceptible, edge over Pittsburgh, it’s hardly crazy to claim that the opposite is true. The only arguments I discredit out of hand are those which claim one city is a slam dunk over the other, especially since either city landing Amazon isn’t super-favorable.
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Old 10-23-2017, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Center City
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Even for people with no horse in the race, it’s all educated speculation that, based on the data available, is best suited to qualitative arguments that take into account quantitative factors. While I believe that Philadelphia has a modest, but perceptible, edge over Pittsburgh, it’s hardly crazy to claim that the opposite is true. The only arguments I discredit out of hand are those which claim one city is a slam dunk over the other, especially since either city landing Amazon isn’t super-favorable.
Is BB listening?
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