Comcast is Building a Giant Symbol of Its Power That Will Be One of the Tallest Buildings in the Country

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World-taker-overers Comcast announced plans today to construct a $1.2 billion, 59-story, 1,121-foot building in Philadelphia right next to the current Comcast Center.*

It will be the largest building in the country not located in New York or Chicago, and the Four Seasons will relocate to the upper floors of the structure.

From the New York Times:

To be called the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center on the 1800 block of Arch Street, the project will accommodate the company’s growing work force of technologists, engineers, and software architects. It will also become home to the operations of local broadcast television stations NBC 10/WCAU and Telemundo 62/WWSI and offer space for local technology startups.

From NBC 10, which, like just about everything else around here, is a subsidiary of Comcast:

Comcast Corp. announced Wednesday that it’s building a new, iconic skyscraper that will redefine Philly’s skyline, create thousands of jobs and shift the city’s image from a Rocky, blue-collar town to a city of innovation that rivals the Silicon Valley.

“It will be a melting pot of talent and people who want to change the world in the businesses that we are in,” said CEO Brian Roberts.

Innovation and change the world is such colossal bullshit it’s not even funny. Comcast, as a company, would love it if the world didn’t change. Sure, they themselves are working on all sorts of technological advances, but at the same time, Comcast-NBC-mega-conglomerate-whatever-the-fucks are among the loudest critics of disruptive services like Aereo, which brings over-the-air broadcast signals to your computer and mobile devices (that case will be heard by the Supreme Court). They’re also one of the leaders in the fight against net neutrality– and they had a big win yesterday when an appeals court ruled that bandwidth providers may throttle or enhance speeds of sites and services at will. This could spell trouble for Netflix, which gobbles up bandwidth, especially because their model very much competes with Comcast’s model of, you know, cable TV. Comcast basically hates everything you love.

That said, it’s nice to see major development like this in Philly, and it will create many, many jobs, and perhaps will turn Philly into a tech center. Maybe. A big, futuristic building can’t hurt.

Now, someone put a fucking William Penn statue on that roof.

*Meanwhile, poor Tim Panaccio can’t use his credit card and Flyers presidents can’t expense strip club trips. Shame.

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44 Comments

  • Jay January 15, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    At least this one doesn’t look like a huge flash drive.

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    • ColonialChris January 15, 2014 at 9:39 pm

      Nah it just looks like a cell phone

      Reply
  • Jimmy Russell January 15, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    city of innovation? who the fuck wants to start a business in a city where half the money you make is taken from you? no wonder hostess closed and kraft wants to leave

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    • Douchebags Abound!!! January 15, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      Obviously you have never worked in California. 60 percent of your pay goes to taxes. Plus when they finally figure out how to frack safely or get natural gas another way, Pennsylvania will be one of the richest states in the country, due to one of the largest shale reserve on the planet.

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      • Jimmy Russell January 15, 2014 at 5:23 pm

        Was this supposed to be in support of high tax rates? Because Calif. has cities going bankrupt, ridiculous amounts of unfunded liabilities in pensions, and record unemployment… I assume you’re referencing their big tech industry, which regularly receives breaks from those high taxes. Fracking might bring wealth to PA, but not if we take the money from the people that earned it and give it to the politicians to waste on their friends and the politically connected…. like Comcast.

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        • Cartman January 15, 2014 at 5:51 pm

          Not disagreeing with you (because I agree on most points), but who would you say are the people that earn the money from fracking in PA?

          Because I was under the impression that they are big energy companies, and I’m pretty sure they’re politically connected (as much or more than anyone else) as well.

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          • Jimmy Russell January 15, 2014 at 6:26 pm

            big energy will definitely be the winners, because it’ll cost a billion dollars to get a fracking license and pay for all the regulations. meaning it’ll be impossible for smaller/new companies to compete with big energy.

          • Cartman January 16, 2014 at 10:34 am

            Dude… PA has the most lax fracking regulations in the country.

            It’s not that the big energy companies will be the only ones able to afford the licenses. It’s that they’ll offer landowners more to use their property.

            The big energy companies are going to win in PA, regulations or not.

    • AynRandSucksCocksInHell January 16, 2014 at 3:50 am

      Waaaaaaaaaaaaah taxes waaaaaaaaaaaah.

      Go back to Breitbart you limp dick. I’m sure they have a Don’t Tread on Me flag you can jerk off with.

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      • Jimmy Russell January 16, 2014 at 12:23 pm

        butthurt 40yr old union worker detected… waaahhhh people want to work for less than mee wwahahhhhhh rats everywhere wahhhhhh

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  • Larry Johnson,Sr. January 15, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Looks like a giant boner

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  • Your Mother January 15, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Well now, that’s less money than a TV deal with a major sports franchise today. Isn’t THAT effing mind blowing?!?!?

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  • gq January 15, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    “Comcast basically hates everything you love.” ….i love Sheena Parveen and sports, and espn is brutal to watch

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  • Won't Matter January 15, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    This is cute. We want to build one of the tallest buildings in the country to be INNOVATIVE and try to be one of the big boy cities, yet our main road from the western suburbs into the city is a 4 lane “interstate” between a cliff and a river and a sub-par transit system.

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    • Shecker January 15, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      Dude! Don’t worry! SEPTA and our wonderful public transportation system will be able to handle it all by itself <<<< that's fucking sarcasm

      Fuck this city's infrastructure and awful planning. We have a goddamn waterfront that's untouched because some assholes decided to build I-95 right through it. Why don't we take a tip from Boston and dig that shit underground?

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      • IlliniGlory January 15, 2014 at 9:04 pm

        Haha, don’t even start man. I lived in Boston and the infrastructure there makes Philly look like a freaking grid with right angles at every corner.

        Boston is the worst planned city from an infrastructure perspective with over 1 million people in it’s suburban area. Period.

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    • Marvin Monroe January 15, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      You have taken Septa 3 times in your life. And you are upset that the train didn’t take you directly from your mom’s basement to McFaddens.

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      • rhea huges worn out twat January 17, 2014 at 1:27 pm

        lol

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  • Pat January 15, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    On the contrary Kyle, Comcast if FOR open internet. They are not trying to throttle or enhance speeds of websites. Besides, they cannot until 2018. Read below:

    Comcast — the biggest U.S. broadband provider, with more than 20 million broadband customers — agreed to operate under open Internet rules after it acquired NBCUniversal in 2011. So it won’t be able to take advantage of yesterday’s ruling. The terms of that agreement with government regulators ends in 2018.

    The Philadelphia-based company pledged yesterday to keep the Internet “open and vibrant.”

    “We are absolutely committed to deliver that experience,” said Executive Vice President David L. Cohen.

    We all know you love Fios and have their service, but stop the Comcast bashing. They are all the same greedy pieces of shit. Comcast is just less greedy.

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    • Kyle Scott January 15, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      Bashing is not exclusive to Comcast. But they fought hardest against net neutrality, so I don’t believe what David Cohen said in a press release.

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    • Cartman January 15, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      Saying Comcast is for open internet is buying their bullshit hook, line and sinker.

      Look at all the ways Comcast gauges its customers. You think they won’t pull that shit in a heartbeat to make you pay more to access Netflix? To make it more expensive to get Netflix than to have their cable subscription? Do you honestly believe that? Because if you do, I have a bridge to sell you.

      Note: Comcast customer because Verizon is just as shitty. But let’s not fool ourselves and think either is really better for the internet and net neutrality.

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      • NickFromGermantown January 15, 2014 at 6:22 pm

        As Philadelphians, it’s our duty to support Comcast. People love making snide remarks about Comcast, but let’s face it. Do people have any idea how important it is to have Comcast as a corporation in Philadelphia?? Comcast provides so many jobs around here, it is mind-boggling.

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        • AynRandSucksCocksInHell January 16, 2014 at 3:51 am

          Lick them corporate assholes Nick.

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          • Jimmy Russell January 16, 2014 at 1:22 pm

            lick the boils on Marx’s dick hole

        • Cartman January 16, 2014 at 10:38 am

          Go fuck yourself NickFromGermantown.

          Is it our duty to support the PPA? They provide a bunch of jobs…

          Or the government when they commit war crimes? I mean, is there a bigger jobs provider than the military? So ignore it if they kill thousands of kids, because they’re providing jobs, right?

          Get your head out of your ass.

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  • Catch a damned pass January 15, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    I saw an ad today that said something like Comcast is in support of getting the internet to low income areas, because that’s exactly what those people need to get off their asses, something else to keep them on their asses.

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    • Chad Chaddinson January 15, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      Maybe it’s so they can access websites to help them find jobs.

      I made myself laugh with that one.

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      • Catch a damned pass January 15, 2014 at 7:05 pm

        What’s sad is that someone that makes a lot of money probably actually thinks that.

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      • d-money January 15, 2014 at 7:11 pm

        low income does not entail non-working and everyone needs internet access to fully function in society now

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        • Catch a damned pass January 15, 2014 at 7:47 pm

          I know, I was just generalizing. Although I do think that the internet has ruined society forever.

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  • Comcastrated January 15, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Comcast is in the legislator’s pockets such as David Cohen who hosted an Obama fundraiser at his home last year. God forbid the legislators would force the Roberts and Cohen to allow the cable subscribers to pick ala carte what we want and not being charged confiscatory rates to be forced option to watch such sorry channels such as Oprah’s and the Arab backed propaganda channel, Al Jazeera. I would personally ditch those two, ESPN and even CSN, The Phil’s will be unwatchable this year and many more in the future thanks to the new Comcast/Phillies incestuous relationship. The Flyers and Sixers? Even CBS Radio gave them away.

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  • Marvin Monroe January 15, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    I bet you they are building the extra top floors with the $456.78 they saved by cancelling The Great Sports Debate.

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    • Jonathan Morgan January 15, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      Haha +1

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  • nick pappagiorgio January 15, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Hey, that looks like a giant cell phone. Lol

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  • Hey January 15, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Whoopdy fuckin doooo. New York did this 100 years ago. Big fuckin deal Philly.

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  • Drew S January 16, 2014 at 4:15 am

    Comcast how about making some good decisions. Fire Barkann, Zumoff and Rose.

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  • William Rhodes January 16, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Oh no…John Legend and his wife don’t like Riley Cooper! His wife has a nice bod but what’s wrong with her face? Too much botox or something? It’s all jacked up.

    Reply
  • Scruben Camaro January 16, 2014 at 10:33 am

    I lol’d at the comment that safe fracking will make PA one of the richest states. Worked out pretty well for all those oil-rich Texans that live in fucking horse trailers. The profits from fracking will be routed to some Micronesian or Caribbean bank and not spent anywhere in PA outside of the few fees and regs that natural gas waterboy Rendell couldn’t get rid of.

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  • Joe Conklin's Coke Dealer January 16, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Philly skyline is growing quite impressively. From Comcast II, to the FMC tower (or Cira Centre II, the 47 story building Dranoff is building at Broad and Spruce, and various other hotel projects ….not so bad Philly.. We shouldn’t be so hard on ourselves even though our teams mostly suck.

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  • Willy Penn January 16, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    NICE! A new and even taller place to put a little statue of myself. Since thats the only way our ball-licking teams can bring a championship to the city!

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    • rhea huges worn out twat January 17, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      its a nice excuse when the teams want to deflects the fact that they hire the worst GM’s in the country who have no idea what they are doing. Yes – it’s William Penn’s fault and has nothing to do with Ruben Amaro signing broken down geezers and telling everyone that they have to revert back to 2008 form.

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  • AL Tru January 16, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    ex father in law sold his bed and breakfast in Wellsboro Pa to the Frackers.
    My brother works one of the piers and there’s a huge boulder about 100 yards out from the dock. they cant remove the boulder because there’s a fault line that runs down from NY to that dock area. lots of methane deposits. = BOOM.

    Anyone hear that the reason they don’t dredge the river along the city is that there is a tunnel that runs from the NJ side Ben Franklin to the Airport ?

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  • Angelo's Inner Voice January 17, 2014 at 2:05 am

    The top 4 stories is going to contain one big high-ceilinged room where Brian Roberts piles all his money, then climbs around in it like Scrooge McDuck.

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