We had yet another power outage, last night. It happened right in the middle of the #FridayFilm.
I'm a bit concerned that the instant power loss might have damaged the projector. The projector normally has a shutdown procedure, which is initiated from the power-off button.
I'll find out tonight if the projector is OK.
@fitheach It's a little more stylish in that picture, but if you take the Amtrak California Zephyr you'll find carriages with lots of communal space like that.
The chairs in that point out rather than in, but the spaces on that train are more communal and they seat you with strangers at meals to get you talking to fellow passengers.
Sounds idyllic. Is it?
Usually for "observation carriages" you would expect the chairs to be facing outwards or, at least, at right angles to the windows. Must've been a concious decision to face inwards.
The whole styling appeals to me, a late art deco meeting 1950s minimalism (filmed in '45). Colours are a bit cool, for me, some reds might have given added luxuriance.
Film setting was New Mexico and there was some stunning scenery glimpsed outside. Poss' filmed in California.
@fitheach I've only taken the Zephyr for the short leg between Salt Lake City and Oakland, but it's wonderful.
The observation carriage does face out, but slightly raked so you're not totally ignoring others - it still feels a lot more inclusive than regular commuter trains. If you need some quite time you can retire to your cabin, which gets covered from bedding to setting during the day.
The scenery was stunning. Would love to do the rest of it to Chicago at some point.
Sounds great. I''ll note it down as a train journey I should do. A lot less stressful than flying.
Hey, that's a deal. Denver Union Station certainly appeals to me a lot more than the Brutalist architecture I've been discussing on another thread.
The re-design sounds like it has been a big success. Hipster Central? The Crawford Hotel looks very plush, too. Is Denver quite a prosperous city? I think general economic activity in a place helps ensure the success of re-developments.
I note that Habitat 67 won a Lego Architecture poll. Well, no susprise there. 😉
That's interesting. Gentrification here gets some bad press. In general because properties move upmarket and the original (class of) residents are priced out. I'm not sure what the solution is to that problem. If a previously undesirable area is improved, prices will likely increase. The only solution would be to leave it unchanged. Unless you restricted ownership to only existing residents, but that would be a remarkable restriction on freedom.
Hipster knitting, urban beekeeping, single-geared bikes and beard sculpting; I hadn't realised they were defining characteristics. I live a sheltered life.
Yeah, I understand the problems. However, if you improve an area its desirability will increase and thus the property prices. How could you get around that problem?
There were/are plenty of places that are undesirable due to damp, poor construction, terrible infrastructure etc. The problem perhaps is that projects are controlled by speculators rather than, say, local authorities.
I don't believe it is that simple. The residents might be in agreement that a new school/combined community centre would be a good idea. They might also be in agreement that improvements to the local shopping centre would be good. Finally, a new park/recreation area is given the thumbs up. What happens next? House prices went up.
BTW not a hypothetical sitaution, exactly what happened in a community near(ish) to where I live.
My example wasn't a problem for those who continued to live in the community, but it did stop people of a similar socio-economic group from moving in. New people moving in had higher incomes.
The only way you could stop this "gentrification" would be complete control of housing through local authorities or associations.
Oh, meant to say, I'll use this description in the future:
"mutated out of a highway underpass."
@fitheach That's Gene Tierney! I had just been thinking last week about watching that movie again.
Wow! You recognised her from that screenshot, that's quite something. Write up for that film coming soon.
@fitheach She's one of my favourites ^_^ Look forward to the writeup, even though I've seen it already.
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