This tower is coming along nicely, but it looks much better from Rittenhouse Square than it does from 18th Street where passerby are greeted by a tiny entrance and a big blank wall
As I walked by, it was wierd, but for a minute I empathized with those SOS nutjobs who tried to save those buildings.
But then I was reminded how easily SOS could have requested ground floor retail for 18th Street. The All-or-Nothing approach that NIMBYs take drives me crazy! Instead of fighting tooth and nail against the tower, they could have EASILY worked with the developer to make the tower as nice as possible - for everybody - that includes ground floor retail for 18th Street.
As nice as this tower is for our skyline and the economy, the streetscape on 18th St looked better with Rindlaubs (sp?) Row. Not saying I regret their destruction but it's a shame retail space couldn't be preserved here.