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Center City Buildings, Landmarks Rooting For Phillies With Special Themed Lighting

For Immediate Release                                   Contact: RJ White, 215.440.5550
                                                                       rwhite@centercityphila.org

Center City Buildings, Landmarks Rooting For Phillies With Special Themed Lighting

(October 28, 2009) –   To show support for the championship Philadelphia Phillies in their second straight World Series, property owners, the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) and the Center City District (CCD) will light Center City in brilliant red and white throughout the series.

Everyone  walking down the street will be reminded by the festive lighting on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, the PECO Building,  One Liberty Place, Two Liberty Place, Cira Centre (also featuring a massive Phillies ‘P’) and the Mellon Bank Building  to root, root, root for the home team, who are playing the New York Yankees . The nine buildings on the Avenue of the Arts that were lit by the CCD with permanent light-emitting diode (LED) façade lighting will celebrate with a red and white kinetic light show, repeating every five minutes, all up and down South Broad Street.

“The Phillies have fought hard all year to get to this point once again,” said CCD President Paul R. Levy. “It’s only right that we use this lighting to show our support for all they’ve done, as the entire world invites Philadelphia into their homes for this, the 105th Fall Classic. All Center City District on-street staff will also be wearing Phillies caps for the duration of the Series.”

On Halloween night (the night of the series’ first home game), the following will also have brief/partial orange holiday lighting, alternating with Phillies red & white: Cira Centre, the PECO Building, the Hyatt at Penn’s Landing, Two Liberty Place and Symphony House. The Avenue of the Arts buildings will highlight their customizability, by alternating their red and white light show with orange and white Saturday evening.

Many of the participating buildings use color-changing LED lighting, due to its energy efficiency, long life, its effectiveness in highlighting distinctive architectural details and its ability to provide fanciful, brilliant light shows for holidays and city-wide celebrations at a much lower cost.

Participating building managers/property owners include: Delaware River Port Authority, Brandywine Realty Trust, Hyatt, Cushman & Wakefield, PECO, Dranoff Properties, REIT Management, ACP Mid-Atlantic, and the Center City District, along with property owners on the Avenue of the Arts.

The Center City District, a private-sector sponsored business improvement district dedicated to making Center City Philadelphia clean, safe and attractive, is committed to maintaining Center City’s competitive edge as a regional employment center, a quality place to live, and a premier regional destination for dining, shopping and cultural attractions.

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About the author

Andrew Goodman, Senior Planner, PennPraxis

Goodman has worked as a city planner and project manager for PennPraxis since graduating from PennDesign in 2007.  His focus has been on projects that combine community engagement and public space design, including the Central Delaware Waterfront Planning Process, the Green2015 initiative for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Bartram’s Mile project in Southwest Philadelphia.  Goodman was an early contributor to PlanPhilly and helped shape the site in its first iteration.  As PlanPhilly has grown, Goodman has represented the publisher and provided professional planning input and project management support as the site expanded its beat coverage, went through multiple redesigns, conducted an internal strategic plan, and researched revenue generation opportunities.



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