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Supertall Tower Smackdown: Which Skyscraper Proposed For 18th & Arch is Better For Philly?

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The surface lot at 1800 Arch is home to two of Philadelphia's most extravagant highrise proposals -- the failed American Commerce Center and the newly announced Comcast Innovation & Technology Center (but for the sake of it, let's just call it Comcast II). We want to hear from YOU -- which tower is the best fit for Philadelphia and why?

American Commerce Center

· Proposed: 2008; dead by Q3 2011
· Cause of Death: Economic collapse of 2008, lack of an anchor tenant
· Developer: Walnut Street Capital
· Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox
· Height: 63 stories; 1,510 ft (topped off by a 300 ft spire)
· Square Footage: 2,200,000 sf total
· Budget: $800,000,000
· Unique Features: Two roof gardens, 26 stories of hotel space
· Rumored Anchor Tenants: NFL, GlaxoSmithKline

Comcast II

· Proposed: 2014
· Estimated Completion: Q4 2017
· Developer: Liberty Property Trust
· Architect: Lord Norman Foster, Foster + Partners
· Height: 59 stories; 1,121 ft
· Square Footage: 1,517,000 rentable sf
· Budget: $1,200,000,000
· Unique Features: Restaurant on the top floor, 200+ room Four Seasons hotel, LEED Platinum certification expected, supertall status
· Anchor Tenant: Comcast

It's no secret that a confirmed anchor tenant works wonders when building a skyscraper, but let's consider all things equal for the sake of the poll.

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