I lived in both Brooklyn and Manhattan with a car but a very long time ago, when paid garage parking was an option (one building had it included, another time it was affordable). I would find it hard to live in Philly without a car, but mostly for leaving town or going to the 'burbs or Lehigh Valley to see family. In NY the breadth of places you can get to on transit (whether the 5 boroughs or NJ/upstate) with frequency and minimal connections is much larger.
But can't imagine ever driving much within the city. Last time I was there I walked from Passyunk Square to CBP both ways.
Good column by Sielski here:
We try to envision the future based on the present, and that exercise is inherently fraught. We’re bound to be wrong. Crime in Philly is bad now, so don’t build the arena and Crime in Philly is bad now, but the arena will make things better and safer are opposite sides of the same coin of mystery and uncertainty.
In their previous arena/development proposal, at Penn’s Landing, the Sixers also said they would not use any city or state funding. But they did ask for $700 million in tax breaks. Under this new plan — as author Neil deMause already has raised — will managing partner Josh Harris and his team pay their full share of wage, property, and sales taxes?
What is the counterevidence that the Sixers might offer to the preponderance of research and literature that shows there’s little to no economic benefit to municipalities from building stadiums and arenas? Why should anyone think this trend will have reversed itself by 2031?