Adventures of the Superman Building

From iconic symbol to a starker reality, the plight of Providence’s famous skyscraper told in verse


Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive,able to leap tall buildings in a single bound –

Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman! Yes, it’s Superman!

Strange visitor from another planet

who came to Earth with

powers and abilities

far beyond those of mortal men.

Superman, who can change the course of mighty rivers,

bend steel in his bare hands, and who, disguised as Clark Kent,

mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper, fights a never-ending battle

for Truth, Justice and the American Way!

And now, another exciting episode

in the Adventures of Superman!


Deteriorating very quickly, more visible than a police officer, able to house hundreds of people

in 287 apartments.

Just open your eyes – It’s a pigeon! It’s a falling piece of limestone! It’s a mess!

Yes, it’s the Superman Building!

Sitting vacant for almost a decade,

built to scrape the sky, a center for banking and commerce back when that existed.

The Superman Building can change the course of Providence, reshape Kennedy Plaza,

disguised as downtown’s savior, offering a unique opportunity for a great metropolitan city,

fighting a never-ending battle just to survive before it falls away!

And now, a final episode

in the Adventures of the Superman Building!


While we’re all caught up in the euphoria of saving the Superman Building, we are mindful of major challenges ahead. The deal isn’t a deal until the financing issues are resolved, which won’t happen overnight. The project still needs support from the City Council, which will have at least eight new members, as well as the General Assembly, but pieces are falling into place – and if it’s a financial success, taxpayers should be entitled to a slice of the profits! Instead of RI’s “I know a guy...” we’ll follow Superman’s credo, “Truth, Justice and the American Way.”


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