Seven years ago, a city official dubbed the 17-story, five-block-long SS United States Philadelphia's largest abandoned vehicle.
Unfortunately, the joke turned prophecy.
Jet travel had forced the retirement in 1969 of the fastest luxury liner in history. Fate towed it around the world until it landed in Philadelphia in 1996.
Year after year, new schemes arose to return the ship to its glory days, when the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, John F. Kennedy and a college student named Bill Clinton graced its decks to cross the Atlantic. Among the dreams were a humanitarian hospital, a casino, a "floatel," condominiums, a shipping museum, a Microsoft University.