Weekly Press: Ikea comes out for The SS United States

Weekly Press: Ikea comes out for The SS United States

Written by Thom Nickels, contributing writer:

Nobody wants the S.S. United States turned into a heap of scrap metal on a beach in India, but that’s what could happen if people don’t rally to save this masterful ship. Ships like this do not come and go like people talking of Michelangelo. For years now, this industrial work of art has been wasting away at a pier in South Philadelphia. Judging from her frozen status at the pier, year after year, it would appear that there’s no movement or momentum to refurbish the United States and put her out on the ocean again.
This is hardly the case. Behind the ‘mothball’ freeze there’s been a great deal of activity to save this vessel.
First, the facts: In 2003, Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) purchased the United States with the intention of refurbishing it. The refurbishing did not happen. Instead, Star Cruises, NCL’s parent company, put the ship up for sale. In a world economy as bleak as a Saudi sandstorm, the prospect of the "wrong" kind of buyer entering the scene and buying the ship for scrap metal is a viable threat. Lovers of this great ship are nervous, and they have a right to be.
The most recent event to rally for the ship was the SS United States Conservancy Fundraiser event at IKEA in South Philadelphia....

About the author

Andrew Goodman, Community Engagement Director, New Kensington Community Development Corporation

Goodman is currently the Community Engagement Director at the New Kensington Community Development Corporation.

Previously, Goodman worked as a city planner and project manager for PennPraxis. His focus was on projects that combined community engagement and public space design, including the Central Delaware Waterfront Planning Process, the Green2015 initiative for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Bartram’s Mile project in Southwest Philadelphia.  Goodman was an early contributor to PlanPhilly and helped shape the site in its first iteration.  As PlanPhilly grew, Goodman represented the publisher and provided professional planning input and project management support as the site expanded its beat coverage, went through multiple redesigns, conducted an internal strategic plan, and researched revenue generation opportunities.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Article Information


Recent Comments on PlanPhilly

Powered by Disqus

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Which weekly emails would you like to receive?