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Breaking the Curse of Billy Penn

Breaking the Curse of Billy Penn


Philadelphia’s tallest building, the Comcast Center, was unveiled in June 2008. At 975 feet, it’s one of the nation's tallest green buildings. A statue of William Penn, Philadelphia's founding father, was once the tallest point in Philadelphia until two towers — One and Two Liberty Place — were built in 1987 and trumped William Penn’s place as the tallest point in the city. When the Comcast Center was unveiled, William Penn was returned to his rightful place: the top. With surprising results. Comcast’s David Cohen tells the story.

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