Monday, April 28, 2008

Lovely things

City Hall in Philly

A block from the Marriott Courtyard where much of Eschacon08 was held.

Nice view inside the inner court yard there too.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live near Philadelphia. Amazing to think that there was serious talk of tearing down City Hall in the 1950s to enhance vehicular traffic flow. One has only to look at the nearby Municipal Services Building or the Criminal Justice Center or the State Office Building further north on Broad Street or the Youth Studies Center on the Parkway to see what sort of then contemporary crap they would have replaced it with while leaving only a traffic light at Broad and Market Street for distraction from gridlock. I was staring at City Hall in jammed traffic on the Parkway while I listened to the first news of the attack on the World Trade Center. In general, fuck city planners and their real estate developer masters. I don't miss the Mellon Bank Center, formerly facing City Hall, that was destroyed in the 1991 fire and then demolished - used to work there. Still very happy that no one in years has talked about taking down John Wanamaker's flagship at the southeast corner of City Hall. City Hall, btw, is supposed to be the largest building in the world containing no structural steel.

10:22 AM  
Blogger Ruth said...

And I live in a small town where when some one needs some more $$ they decide we need a new building where a perfectly great one stands, go out and get the money arranged and the great old bldg goes down while they get paid to tear it down, build a new and much less wonderful one ... yep, thankfully you still have City Hall. We lost a wonderful old elementary school recently, plastic stuff going up. The public gets the bill. Never knows about it.

10:50 AM  

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