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Will Philadelphia Stand Up For Itself, and Common Sense?
Has everyone been following the saga of Unysis? If you haven't the quick summary is that the company is supposed to relocate their headquarters from Blue Bell to Center City, but after signing leases and getting their name in the press for a couple weeks, they have now basically threatened to back out the deal. They will consider going elsewhere unless the city allows it to break out the Elmer's Glue and magic markers, and scrawl a big red "Unisys" sign on the side of 2 Liberty Place. Let us scribble and graffiti, suckers, or the jobs we promised are gone.
(See the proposed logo here.)
So, the hearings were held yesterday, and with so many people objecting to this, more will be heard. But, this is seriously one of the more ridiculous requests. Unisys is going to occupy less than 10 percent of the building, and no one else in there wants their damn sign:
"If we didn't get the signage, we'd have to re-evaluate how important visibility is to us in that decision," Kerr said of the move.
Unisys signed a lease in December to rent about three and a half floors - 7 percent of the building - for more than a decade.
Asked if the company would try to break that lease if the request for signs is denied, Kerr said: "I couldn't get into that."
Two Liberty Place's first major tenant, Cigna, opposes the signs.
"We feel that the signs on Two Liberty Place would mar and tarnish the building as well as the Philadelphia skyline," Cigna spokesman Chris Curran said.
Cigna has about 1,500 people working on 18 floors in the building. Curran estimated that, combined with the condo owners, that means 93 percent of the building's occupants don't want Unisys signs hanging outside.
Extortion really pisses me off. Obviously, we need more jobs in Philly, and certainly good paying ones. But, if the company is threatening to leave based on this, what are they going to demand in a year? Big tax breaks? That Mayor Nutter walks each employee to the train at the end of the day? And, of course, once we allow one company to scrawl on our skyline like a wobegone child, we know what is coming next.
A City with confidence would not roll over here. Here is to hoping that the City, through its zoning board, stands up for itself, for once.