A “Last SOS” For The S.S. United States

 

“Justin Trout, a ship maintenance employee, works on the S.S. United States.” | Photo: Jessica Kourkounis, for The New York Times

“Justin Trout, a ship maintenance employee, works on the S.S. United States.” | Photo: Jessica Kourkounis, for The New York Times

  • “We’ve never been closer to saving the S.S. United States, and we’ve never been closer to losing her,” says Susan Gibbs, president of the S.S. United States Conservancy and granddaughter to its ship maker, William Francis Gibbs. The mid-century engineering marvel, now docked in the Delaware across from the Pennsport IKEA at the unsustainable rate of $60,000 a month, has until the end of the month to attract the needed funds to realize a development plan that materialized just last year, reports The New York Times.
  • Toll Brothers met near unanimous opposition from residents attending Tuesday night’s Washington Square West Civic Association meeting concerning that civic’s support for the demolition and rezoning of the Society Hill Playhouse at 8th & Lombard Streets for condominiums, reports Plan Philly. Residents would rather the parcels’ (a two-story garage across the street is also included here) current 38-foot height limit respected with the construction of townhouses, and not the 51-foot high, 17-unit complex that Toll is proposing.
  • In the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia takes claim to one the top schools in the world, says U.S. News and World Report, via the Business Journal. Penn’s research output is directly responsible for its 14th place (12th nationally) ranking, yet it receives low marks for international collaboration.
  • Technical.ly Philly takes note of Philly Is, a website created developer Davis Shaver that selects from a growing store of quotations attempting to characterize, promote, praise, and lambast the City of Brotherly Love.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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  1. Looks like Toll Brothers will build townhouses on the site of the Society Hill Playhouse. Question begging to be answered is what is the build by right on this parcel? If townhouses, then that is it and it would be better for Toll to do this than to be in a hassle for some time.

  2. If the SS United States is saved, what will be the use? Apartments? That would be interesting.

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