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Old 07-10-2009, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Center City, Philadelphia
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Philly is back? No, Philly never left! I am glad the American Commerce Center is being built in Philly. I hope that it gets built successfully without any interruptions from suspensions. I would love it if Philly proposed and approved a couple of other 1000 footers.

Love this response! Damn Right!


I also agree that Philly will grow and gentrify from the inside out. (Center City first and then to the other neighborhoods.)
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Old 07-10-2009, 01:47 PM
 
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double edged sword there.

While the moneyed will spring forth from spring garden north, places such as the Oak Lanes and The Lower Northeast could potentially deteriorate. Some say the LNE is already going down.
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Old 07-10-2009, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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Philly needs to find ways to attract businesses to the city, especially finding an important anchor tenant, in order for this building to make sense.

Business privilege taxes and wage taxes are a major turnoff for prospective companies and employees. Lowering both taxes now is difficult given Philly's current budget shortfall.

I fully support the concept of a new skyscraper for Philly, but constructing this building now makes little economic sense.
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Old 12-03-2009, 07:23 PM
 
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Perhaps a good anchor would be a Philly office of NBC Universal now that Comcast may own the company. It could be a 21st century version of Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall right here in Philly.
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Old 12-04-2009, 12:46 PM
 
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Since I am having problems joining the SkyscraperCity.com forum (they will not accept my username for some reason...anyway they are lame), I will bring it up here. What does everyone think of the new American Commerce Center, that will hopefully be built and has already been approved. The skyscraper would be the tallest skyscraper in the United States if it was finished today at 1500 feet (over topping the Sears Tower by 50 feet). Only the Freedom Tower in New York City and Spire Tower in Chicago will overcome this magnificant building in the near future. I believe this skyscraper is needed to bring Philadelphia back to its golden age of prosperity. What are some of your thoughts on this?

I don't think it will be taller than the Sears tower. Didn't they add some kind of antennae that increased the height. The Sears Tower is like 120 stories. WTC was about 110. Comcast is less than 60 and I thinkt he American Commerce Center will be less than a 100.
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Old 12-04-2009, 12:48 PM
 
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Philly needs to find ways to attract businesses to the city, especially finding an important anchor tenant, in order for this building to make sense.

Business privilege taxes and wage taxes are a major turnoff for prospective companies and employees. Lowering both taxes now is difficult given Philly's current budget shortfall.

I fully support the concept of a new skyscraper for Philly, but constructing this building now makes little economic sense.

It should not be that difficult. New residents can be given incentives. We already have deals like that in place. The city should just sell the cost. NY costs way more. Rent is cheaper in Philly.
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Old 12-04-2009, 06:49 PM
 
Location: a swanky suburb in my fancy pants
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By the time this building goes up......and it still has a chance......so much time will have gone by that it will have to be completely redesigned to keep it fresh and up to date. If the OP is still around, you want to join www.skyscraperpage.com. because skyscrapercity.com really stinks. Neither compete with this forum btw.
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Old 12-14-2009, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Marlton (Evesham Twp)
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I was hoping to hear of an anchor tenant by now, but I guess with the state of the economy, no one is making any great moves. The latest rumors were TD Bank or Glaxo Smith Kline.
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