I walked by here last week and encountered two lost, and visibly nervous tourists who asked, "is there anything open here? are there any places with restaurants?) I'm standing near the wall the blocks the Municipal Services Plaza from North Broad St. I look around and count 15 homeless folks hanging about in the shadows. In the concourse itself, where a homeless man was recently shot, I'd wake people up on my way to work, and occasionally disturb homeless couples having sex. Tw blocks south of here is the Avenue of the ARts on South Broad St. This is what desolate thinks is just fine. i think the MSB plaza should be redeveloped with a building that fronts Broad St, eliminating the stupid game piece plaza and the depressed (in every sense of the term) concourse.
Police kill homeless man in Center City concourse | Philadelphia Inquirer | 07/04/2009From a call box in the below-ground concourse of the Municipal Services Building, he kept calling - and hanging up.
Calling - and hanging up.
After the 40th time, a police officer was dispatched at 8:25 to see what was going on....Once he was outside and near a bench where he often slept, the man pulled out a utility knife.
Evers said the knife was the type used to cut drywall or carpet. "The officer tells him over 50 times to drop the knife," Evers said.
Police said he lunged at the officers. They fired, hitting the man in the torso.
The indoor part of the concourse serves as a makeshift toilet and homeless shelter. It connects directly to the green lines and BSL via a tunnel under JFK which is never open, and given the barron, stench filled corridor, people may be hesitant to use it anyway. There is no connection to the heavily used bus stp upstairs except one hidden stairwell that might as well have been designed by muggers.