Originally Posted by summersm343
Renders of the Townhomes
summer, I LOVE your enthusiasm for Philly and development, but this is about as exciting as hearing about the latest Subway opening or sidewalk repairs in Paoli.
On other topics, I had the opportunity to visit the Navy Yard today, and went with low expectations. I hadn't been there for 15 years, when it was still something of a dump.
Urban Outfitters complex is phenomenal
. As much as it is unfortunate that they couldn't stay in Center City, I understand why: it looks more like a giant studio than office space. There is nowhere in Center City that could really accommodate that kind of "creative" space. Maybe Northern Liberties, but that would be a stretch. Their floor plates are giant. I highly recommend anyone taking a visit down there during a weekday when it's busy (I have no idea what it's like during the weekend). The building with the cafe in it is amazing. Not that it's terribly relevant, but there was a shocking concentration of very stylish good looking women working down there. I mean ALOT of them.
I left with two main thoughts:
1) If the city powers that be were smart (ha ha ha) they'd see the future that Philadelphia could have if they extended the tax breaks that exist in the Navy Yard to the whole city. The place looked more like something you'd expect to see in SF or Brooklyn, not dowdy old run down Philly.
2) It's a shame the complex is still so cut off from Center City and even South Philly. It's too island like, like you're not in Philadelphia. The sooner they make that subway extension, the better.
Also, the HUP building at 8th and Walnut is now up to four stories of steel. That will be a very monolithic building as its height grows.