Boing Boing reader Max Clarke
Recently on my blog, I put up an image of a mysterious flyer being posted in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (where, in recent years, community activists have fought real estate developers' plans to build luxury high-rises, and the city's plans to site trash facilities and power plants on the waterfront).
The flyer is a masterful parody of all this. It reads:
"WILLIAMSBURG DOESN'T NEED A SPACE ELEVATOR! The Space Elevator Will Mean: Less Parking, Weird Ribbon Thing, Constant Loud Whirring Noise, Increased Space Elevator Truck Traffic. Developers have submitted plans to build a massive space elevator in Williamsburg! This monstrosity, completely out of context with existing development in the neighborhood, will be accessible only to the wealthy, forcing thousands of average Williamsburgers from their homes and live-work spaces! Jobs the elevator will generate (operators, repairmen, astronauts) are certain to go to non-residents! Don't sit idly by and let this elevator cast its impossibly long, cold, and very narrow shadow over our homes! CALL 311 AND TELL THEM 'I JUST DON'T NEED THIS SPACE ELEVATOR!'"
The flyer is credited to F.E.T.S.E.o.t.N (Fight Extremely Tall Space Elevators on the Northside), and includes the URL of an anti-space-elevator-in-Williamsburg Yahoo group.
. See also this proposed NYC rezoning plan, which includes a number of proposed 8-35 story luxury complexes in a currently working-class neighborhood with an average building height of 3 stories. Link
. While this flyer is most certainly a joke, space elevators are not -- at least for some. Link
(thanks for the reminder, Dr. Setebos
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