Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Butt-Fugly Building of the Week-- April 19

Philadelphia Parking Authority Headquarters

3101 Market St.

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                 It’s a grey box. What more can I say? It’s a grey box. This piece of piss has EVERYTHING going against it. It’s like a million miles from the sidewalk so you have to look at it for like 10 seconds before walking in. That hurts. The reason it’s so far from the curb it because of another point against it: It has a surface lot right in front. It has one little row of windows. It’s like 3 feet tall.  What a pile of garbage.
                I’m not the biggest green roof fan but if any building is begging for one (besides the Convention Center) it’s this one. Shit, you could fit a football field up there. The only thing worse than having a parking lot in front is having the blank walls in the back come right up to the sidewalk. No wonder there’s surface lots across the street. Who would develop something that faces the blank back of an ugly-ass short building?                                         You’d think the PPA would use some of their Parking Wars money to move out of this shitbox into a newly constructed highrise. The PPA has enough money to build 50 Comcast Centers and staff them with 50,000 inept employees, so they should do it. Fuck ‘em.

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