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    Why is the South Broad concourse so obnoxiously large? What was its purpose before?

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    It has a long history...But the theme is: Unfinished:

    A Subway Space Where Wheels Would Turn The Concourse Under South Broad Stretches 1,680 Feet Betwwn City Hall And Spruce Street. How Could It Rise Above Its Pedestrian State? - Philly.com

    Notes From Underground :: Cover Story :: Article :: Philadelphia City Paper

    TThe Broad Street subway line, which began operating on Sept. 1, 1928, wasn't extended to stations at Walnut or South streets until 1930. That's when South Broad Concourse opened. Christopher Zearfoss, director of transportation programs in the Mayor's Office of Strategic Planning, says the subway was intended to be "the main artery for a more extensive subway system" that would've connected City Hall with neighborhoods throughout the Philadelphia region. But that never happened. So, though it's become more connected to other forms of transportation via the expansion of Market Street and the Center City Commuter Connection, the concourse remains unfinished and underutilized with regard to its initial intention: to grow.

    In years gone by, in basements of office buildings with doors leading to the concourse — the Wanamaker Building, the Philadelphia Bank Building and the Ritz-Carlton building — there have been barber shops and modest retail establishments (specifically newspaper vendors) but nothing beyond that. Today, all those doors leading to the concourse are locked, accessible only to those with special access cards and identification.
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    Hey look, an update to something I thought NEVER would have a update:

    SEPTA announces big plans at Philly Bike Expo - Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia


    A representative at SEPTA announced this weekend they’d begin taking new, improved action steps to make the South Broad concourse more bicycle-friendly and, therefore, much more awesome.

    At the Philly Bike Expo’s “Better Bike Share: Inclusivity and Accessibility in Philadelphia’s Bike Share Program” seminar on Saturday, SEPTA Strategy and Sustainability Planner Becky Collins announced numerous changes she and the rest of the Sustainability office at SEPTA are working to bring to the city’s transit system.

    Among them: a bike cage for more secure, underground parking in the South Broad concourse. This will work in conjunction with a new retail space the Authority hopes will rejuvenate the Center City station.
    Sounds like a plan. AND it uses the SEPTA Key card in a cool way not just fare based....


    Oh and RETAIL is coming down there? Awesome.
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    ^ great news. I like that they're thinking outside the box and using infrastructure already there but in new and previously unthinkable ways. nice.
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    I had to make sure this was real...

    https://twitter.com/septasami


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    If you haven't been to South Broad lately, you can see they started to work on it:

    http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/0...und-concourse/


    Visible repairs are being done in the South Broad concourse currently: The concrete on the floor is being repaired, and one section — where a large chunk of the tile wall had fallen off — is completely closed off for various repairs. SEPTA is also adding about 30 more trash and recycling containers in the concourses.

    In the last few years, conditions in the concourses had deteriorated a bit. Swaths of the South Broad concourse leaked during storms. Signage isn't always great. Before Dilworth Park's construction, the area between South Broad and the Clothespin occasionally flooded. SEPTA GM Joseph Casey was a tad snarky as the deal was coming together. “We primarily get blamed for the condition of [the concourses],” he told Plan Philly. “We now have the financial wherewithal to fix them up, which the city does not, nor have they ever, nor do they have plans to fix them up.”

    In addition to the major escalator and elevator improvements, SEPTA is focusing on seven different stairwells in the South Broad concourse. It also plans to improve lighting in all areas underground; there's currently a pilot program for LED lighting at the 13th Street El station near the SEPTA building. Signage will be improved.
    In addition to eventually creating the capital plan, SEPTA's also spending seven million each year on maintenance underground. The city spent about $1.3 million.

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