The tallest building in Pennsylvania will have only 58 on-site parking spaces

This passage from Jared Brey is a perfect example of why city government should no longer legislate how much parking they think buildings "need": 

Gattuso said that Liberty’s “biggest miss” in building the first Comcast tower—the soon-to-be second-tallest building in the city—was not including enough bicycle parking. The new tower will include spaces for approximately 175 bikes, Gattuso said.

“It’s the biggest thing we missed in the first building, because we just didn’t have the prototype or the history,” Gattuso said. “And almost from the first day of operation, the 25 bike racks we had were overwhelmed, and we added another one, and we added another one, so what we’re trying to do is be more anticipatory of that as we move forward.”

By contrast, Gattuso said, the automobile parking facility at the existing Comcast tower is underused; only around 60 percent of its 87 parking spaces are occupied on a given day. The new tower will have 58 underground parking spaces, with room for six NBC10 news vans.


Philadelphia routinely ranks highest of the 10 biggest US cities for bike commuting, and ridership in the neighborhoods around Center and South Philly is right up there with superstar bike cities like Portland and Minneapolis. But the city's bike friendliness has a lot more to do with the built environment we've inherited than anything modern day city leaders have done for cyclists.


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