Campaign to Save the Naval Home:
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Write to your elected officials!
Tell them you
want the site secured and any possible steps taken to encourage
Toll Brothers to develop the site with sensitivity to its rich history
or to sell (or donate) it to someone who will.
the March 4 hearing).
City is taking Toll Brothers to court for multiple code violations.
This could mean immediate graffiti removal, other prompt repairs,
and fines for Toll Brothers. City officials stress that strong neighborhood
attendanace at this public hearing will be very helpful. As L&I
Deputy Commissioner Bob Solvibile quipped, "come and be annoying."
third hearing in this case, before Judge Seamus P. McCaffery, will
take place Tuesday, March 4, 2003, 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 1103,
Criminal Justice Center, 1301 Filbert Street. If you plan to attend,
allow extra time to get through the metal detectors and wait for
to Toll Brothers' Top Institutional Investors and Analysts.
At a community
meeting, a city official suggested that institutional investors
can often encourage socially responsible activity in corporations
in which they have substantial holdings. We would be grateful for
a volunteer who could research the names or addresses here. We've
found a web page listing the analysts who follow Toll on its website
and a web page listing the top institutional investors.
Write to the General Services Administration.
The GSA sold
Toll Brothers the building, with certain preservation covenants
attached. Write the Administrator (head honcho) and ask him to look
into the matter.
A. Perry, Administrator
U.S. General Services Administration
1800 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20405
Become a Toll-watcher.
new secretary of housing suggested a public information campaign
targeted to investors and other stakeholders who may be in a position
to influence Toll's position on the Naval Home. (See above)
the web, the business papers, other news sources to see where Toll
wants to build, and where it needs concessions from municipalities.
A group of volunteers could make sure those municipalities and the
press in those areas are aware that Toll has neglected a national
landmark for 15 years and put it at significant risk. (Don't forget
to mention the attempt to build at Valley Forge, as well.) Try to
enlist their help in encouraging Toll to do the right thing.
for web sites maintained by organizations with a common purpose
to ours, and write requesting reciprocal links. More sites linking
to ours means higher search results in Google (one of the reasons
Toll has so many domain names and interlinks them all, we're sure).
Having the Naval Home story on the first page of Google results
is a good way to get the word out.
rebels can find out when the brothers Toll are showing up at functions
and coordinate a welcoming committee on the street, complete with
pictures of the Naval Home in flames, and notify the media.
Alerts (sent by a neighbor)
On Thurs. Feb. 20th Robert Toll will appear at a Penn Law School
auction to benefit the Equal Justice Foundation there, at 3400 Chestnut
Street, entrance on Sansom St., between 34th and 36th Streets. Reception
and silent auction at 5 p.m., live auction, where hewill be auctioneer,
at 7:30 p.m.
On Friday, Feb. 21st, Robert Toll will be event chairman and host
for an American Red Cross of SE PA 11th Annual Monopoly Event, starting
at 6:30 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, at Penns Landing.
( Q. Who will draw the Go to Jail card?? Who will buy
Monopoly properties, and just speculate and hold them?? )
you'd like to make an addition to this page, send info to
Think, think, think.
to be short on money for a campaign to save the Naval Home, so we
must be long on creativity. Your good ideas are always welcome --
as long as you are willing to work on them. Our community service
organizations are limited in budget and manpower, and this campaign
will stand or fall on the efforts of its volunteers.
suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
-- we'll be in touch with you about posting any ideas that aren't
illegal, dangerous, or in terminally bad taste, and creating a mechanism
for folks to contact you.