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Old 03-07-2017, 06:11 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Atlanta has Downton, Midtown, and Buckhead which got me thinking if there is a feasible way in which Philadelphia could have a second downtown. As Center City and University City fill out there could be more demand for office space in other areas. Maybe it would be in South Philly around the Navy Yard and Sports Arenas where there is a lot of land.

So do you think Philly could ever realistically start a second downtown?
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Old 03-07-2017, 07:28 AM
 
Location: New York City
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Atlanta has Downton, Midtown, and Buckhead which got me thinking if there is a feasible way in which Philadelphia could have a second downtown. As Center City and University City fill out there could be more demand for office space in other areas. Maybe it would be in South Philly around the Navy Yard and Sports Arenas where there is a lot of land.

So do you think Philly could ever realistically start a second downtown?
The Navy Yard could be a good business district, but I couldn't see it being anything more then a 9-5, Monday to Friday kind of place. Its too far removed from everything else, and isn't really connected by SEPTA to the rest of the city very well.
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Old 03-07-2017, 07:46 AM
 
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The Navy Yard could be a good business district, but I couldn't see it being anything more then a 9-5, Monday to Friday kind of place. Its too far removed from everything else, and isn't really connected by SEPTA to the rest of the city very well.
If there was enough true interest, and money, to finally extend the BSL to the Navy Yard that could change. Not holding my breath though.
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Old 03-07-2017, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Good points. As for transport at least there is the 95 and 76 that could attract suburban commuters. Theres so much potential in that area, apartments could be built bordering FDR and theres plenty of space for skyscrapers. Development similar to the Pearl in Portland would give the area vibrancy and density
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Old 03-07-2017, 08:52 AM
 
Location: New York City
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Imagine if that wasteland of refineries weren't in South Philly, that could have been an entire city in itself!
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Old 03-07-2017, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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University City could be a secondary Downtown, or a part of Downtown together with Center City depending on how you look at it.

I think the only potential for another Downtown could realistically be around the Sports Complex. I feel like there is enough land down there. We could even call it "Downtown" Philadelphia. The Navy Yard itself will always be lowrise due to the flight paths out of PHL. The Sports Complex has room for highrise growth though.

We could have a highrise corridor built along North Broad between Center City and Temple University. This would similar to the Wilshire Corridor in Los Angeles.

If PHA moves the low income housing between Fairmount, Girard, Broad Street and the Regional Rail tracks, another "Downtown" could maybe be built there. Another Regional Rail stop could even be built there.

There could maybe be more highrises built around the Amtrak station in North Philadelphia, and along Broad Street through Temple Hospital and Broad and Erie.

Could maybe one day have more highrises in Germantown along Chelten Ave and Germantown Ave.

Lastly, could probably have more highrises along City Avenue between I-76 and St. Joe's campus split between the City and Bala Cynwyd.

Any other "Downtown's" will likely continue to form outside of the city, in Camden, Wilmington, Conshohocken, etc.
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Old 03-07-2017, 10:42 AM
 
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Im sure there will be more high rises around University City and I hope that there will continue to be more high rises being built in Callowhill/North of Vine area. The only reason I could possibly see the Sports Complex being developed into a downtown is because CC and University City are land prices keep rising. The Sports Complex offers a blank slate and probably easy zoning changes as well as cheap land prices. Plus who deosnt want to live in a highrise above the stadiums. Maybe one day when CC and UC are filled in
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Old 03-07-2017, 12:00 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Atlanta has Downton, Midtown, and Buckhead which got me thinking if there is a feasible way in which Philadelphia could have a second downtown. As Center City and University City fill out there could be more demand for office space in other areas. Maybe it would be in South Philly around the Navy Yard and Sports Arenas where there is a lot of land.

So do you think Philly could ever realistically start a second downtown?
Are you suggesting that Philadelphia use Atlanta as an example? It's a city approximately the size of Raleigh with a giant metro.
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Old 03-07-2017, 12:29 PM
 
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The flight path for PHL is a very good reason as to why the Navy Yard will likely never be high-rise. Hadn't thought of that.
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Old 03-07-2017, 12:39 PM
 
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Imagine if that wasteland of refineries weren't in South Philly, that could have been an entire city in itself!
It would take YEARS to develop anything there probably. Brown fields.
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