Sunday, July 27, 2008

Sure Comcast Center's Video Wall Is Great And All… But Where's The Observation Deck?

ferris bueller's day off sear tower observation deck
Alas — no being awesome Ferris-style for Philadelphia area youth…
Just sayin'.
[The video wall is] a 25-foot-tall, 2,000-square-foot high-definition LED screen which at times mimics the wood-paneled wall of the main lobby of the Comcast Center, which opened in June.

Mostly by word of mouth, the enormous video installation has been drawing a growing stream of visitors to the 975-foot tower, which owner Liberty Property Trust is hoping will become a destination a la New York's Rockefeller Center.
For everything that the Comcast Center gets right — transit oriented, pending LEED certification, public lobby, outdoor pedestrian plaza, market area with great shops, plaza café, etc. — it should be noted that if the Comcast Center were truly tourist friendly, it would have an observation deck.

Much like the observation decks at Chicago’s Hancock and Sears towers and Manhattan’s Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center, which today are all still very popular tourist attractions decades after they first opened.

And speaking of things the Comcast Center should have but currently does not, a WEBSITE would be similarly high on the list. (A la Hancock and Rockefeller.) Confidential to Comcast: just because you don’t have a monopoly on the Internet doesn’t mean you should pretend it doesn’t exist.

A 975' uptick in tourism [ Philly Skyline - published July 24, 2008 ]
Philly skyscraper's huge HD screen wowing visitors [ AP via Philadelphia Inquirer - published July 26, 2008 ]

ferris bueller's day off sears tower observation deck sloane
"The city looks so peaceful from up here."

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