Researchers: World Trade Center Ship Built In Pre-Revolutionary Philly


Courtesy of Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, via NBC

Courtesy of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, via NBC

  • Four years ago, construction workers excavating ground for a parking garage at the World Trade Center site unearthed a 32-foot vessel colonial ship ostensibly used to extend the Manhattan shoreline during the first quarter of the 19th century. Now NBC is reporting that researchers have concluded that the Hudson River Sloop was likely constructed in the port of Philadelphia; tree ring analysis even suggests that its wood was sourced from the same old-growth hickory forest that provided Independence Hall’s framing.
  • Comcast apparently cannot wait another four years for the opening of its second Center City skyscraper, reports the Philadelphia Business Journal. In the meantime, the growing telecommunications giant is looking to lease much needed office space—some 65,000-square feet of it—in either 11 Penn Center, 10 Penn Center, Centre Square or Two Logan Square. It already occupies close to 300,000-square feet outside of its home at 17th & JFK, in Three Logan Square and Centre Square.
  • City Council announced yesterday its partnership with consulting firms Econsult Solutions and The Reinvestment Fund for the Community Sustainability Initiative—a project in which neighborhood specific data will be gleaned and analyzed in order “to make better decisions with limited resources,”says 4th District Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. NewsWorks reports that seven quality-of-life issues will be measured: safety, education, commerce, amenities, housing demand, housing stability, and prosperity.
  • This Old City’s Geoff Kees Thompson suggests some ways to mollify residents’ and business owners’ concerns over methadone clinics—specifically a relatively subdued example near 21st & Washington. “Could an indoor seating area and a printed number system as those enter the facility take a number help bring queues of people off the street? Could the facility itself be a better steward to the neighbors by beautifying the space outside the clinic including street trees, better trash facilities and by performing regular clean ups? Probably. Could better lighting and street facing cameras dissuade car break-ins and theft along the area?”
  • Plan Philly notes that after years of protracted development necessitated by the historical research pertaining to a 18th century Potter’s Field, the Queen Lane Apartments are finally being hollowed (the removal of all appliances and cabinets). The Philadelphia Housing Authority hopes to implode the 16-story building some weekend this October.
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