Barking Up the Wrong Tree

Inga Saffron of the Inky asks why some buildings are built “green” while others in the city of the equivalent of an “SUV.”


In one corner of Center City, a private developer has just completed the tallest green building in America, the Comcast Center. Three blocks east, the state is beginning work on an equally large building, the Convention Center expansion. Consider it the SUV of meeting halls.

I understand her frustration but this situation should illustrate something to those who would ask government to do good by them. If the PA Convention Center, the very definition of a government make-work project designed from the ground up to benefit no one but politicians and their union allies, is so completely out of touch with ecologic principles, why do people in search of what they term “sustainable development” look to the government to provide it?


3 Responses to “Barking Up the Wrong Tree”

  1. 1 libertyvini
    July 6, 2008 at 8:03 am

    Sorry Inga – “Green” buildings are mostly being built because city and state governments are giving certain connected developers gigantic cash and tax incentives, period. No developer in his right mind would go through the extra time, effort, and expense to have his building certified as a “green” building unless there’s adequate demand (doubtful), or a big old subsidy cut out of our hides.

  2. 2 Joe Pulcinella
    July 6, 2008 at 10:35 am

    Oh, believe me, there are many inconsistencies with the whole “green” thing. I am just asking why she would ever believe that those slime buckets would do what she thinks is righteous.

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