Pa. Convention Center Approval Revoked
It’s pretty clear that Pennsylvania officials didn’t bargain on a public fuss when they decided unilaterally to tear down the two protected Broad Street buildings that were supposed to be part of the expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center. Nor, I suspect, did they expect any trouble from one of Philadelphia’s more obscure agencies, The Philadelphia Art Commission.But now the project’s architects have some explaining to do.The art commission wants to see the revised design for the facade – sans the Philadelphia Life Insurance Co. headquarters – before it will allow the $700 million mega-project to receive a building permit. That’s sort like having your dam project derailed by a snail darter.
This project gives me the creeps. I’m not for the expansion of the convention center. However, if it has to happen why can’t we keep some kind of street level design that doesn’t feel like a parking garage. This is like those mysterious fires that enable developers to move forward with projects.
Thanks to Inga Saffron for the update. Check out Skyline Online using the link above. See pictures of the demolition and more about the historic piece of Philadelphia lost.
Thank you to the Philadelphia Art Commission!
Oh, btw can someone remind me why we are expanding the convention center?
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