As part of its behind the news event series, PlanPhilly hosted a two-hour Delaware River cruise that celebrated a historic treasure currently docked on our Central Delaware riverfront and the former PlanPhilly reporter who wrote a book detailing its creation and its legacy. And more.
The Wednesday night event gave 147 attendees the closest possible look of the SS United States (aside from actually boarding the structure itself), one-on-one conversation with Ujifusa, a guided tour of Philadelphia's original riverfront led by Harris Steinberg, the leader of the Civic Vision for the Central Delaware, and a rich update of the work of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation on the master plan by DRWC president Tom Corcoran.
In March 2007, Ujifusa wrote an incredibly detailed story for PlanPhilly documenting the history of the construction of the SS United States, the fastest trans-Atlantic liner in history, now docked in South Philadelphia along the Delaware River. Ujifusa's feature remains one of the highest-read stories in PlanPhilly's history and has helped raise awareness of the historical significance of the "Big U," the quirks and dedication of its designer, and has bolstered the SS United States Conservancy's efforts to save it from the scrap yard.