City of Lyon being cloned in Dubai


21 Responses to “City of Lyon being cloned in Dubai”

  1. gyusan says:

    >> compared to what?

    Well, I just read in the NY Times that it would cost about 6 million dollars to effectively eradicate rabies from North Africa. This stupid Lyon project will probably spend 6 million on one restaurant kitchen. You can’t be so dense as to fail to glimpse the inequity and misplaced priorities on display.

  2. Red Zebra says:

    So as part of their “pact of cooperation” is Lyon going to return the favour and exploit poor immigrant workers to construct a massive, environmentally destructive playground for the rich and breathtakingly selfish?

  3. Anonymous says:

    The “s” at the end of Lyons and Marseilles in English is actually the original spelling.

    The French later dropped it from the spelling, but this didn’t make its way over to Britain.

    You can still find small towns in France containing “Marseilles” in their name (with the “s” intact).

  4. Nixar says:

    Lyon is also famed for its sausage (saucisson), I doubt they’ll clone it.

  5. devioustree says:

    “On second thoughts, let’s not go to Dubai. It’s a rather silly place.”

  6. Takuan says:

    and Ni! to you too.

    I was toying with the idea of working in Dubai, lots of opportunity there- apparently.

  7. Teresa Nielsen Hayden / Moderator says:

    When you have that much money, you can do seriously weird things.

  8. dargaud says:

    No ‘s’ in Lyon. It’s considered the capital of gastronomy in France, but besides that I’ve never cared much for that place. Oh, and BTW, eating at Bocuse is really a life-changing experience.

  9. Takuan says:

    Yeah,like indoor ski hills, artificial islands shaped like the world (a la Niven yet)and a entire younger generation grown up on oil money and watching foreigners do all the work.

  10. raisedbywolves says:

    I think urban space itself just jumped the shark…

    Hopefully they’ll put the H&M, the McDonalds and the Starbucks in exactly the same locations as in real Lyon (or would that be Lyon I?)

  11. overeduc8ed says:

    I am an American currently living in Lyon. For some reason, “Lyons” is an accepted spelling to the Brits. I don’t get it either.

  12. Double Banger says:

    In 10,000 years, this is totally going to confuse the archeologists.

  13. Burz says:

    I wonder what assurances, if any, the city of Lyon got that no slave labor would be involved before signing their pact.

  14. Bill Higgins-- Beam Jockey says:

    As a major center for the weaving industry, Lyon was the home of Joseph Marie Jacquard. His punchcard-controlled loom inspired Charles Babbage, after visits to Lyon, to design his Analytical Engine to be programmed by punched cards.

    The 19th-century proto-hackers of Lyon designed card stacks that produced amazing fabric illustrations, some with thousands of threads of resolution.

  15. deepy says:

    Dubai is Las Vegas writ large.

    The major industries are: Banking( money-laundering and usury), Blood Oil(ditto) and Whores.

    It’s a nice place to visit if you’re a Rothschild, a Dick Cheney or a pimp.

    There’s also alot of money to be made in construction.
    (But not if you are the poor bloke from say, the Philippines, slaving away under the lash sending a meager remittance to your family back in Mindanao.)

    Las Vegas has a faux Paris, a fake New York, a falso Venezia, and was founded by death-dealing master-criminals.

    But it has no Lyon.

    Vive Lyon!

    Dubai Pthph!!!

  16. anechoic says:

    this reminds me of the book ‘Remainder’ by Tom McCarthy

  17. gyusan says:

    Last time I was in Lyon, it was quite a bit larger than 700 acres, so this sounds less like “clone” and more like “Las Vegas theme park”.

    What a sad and utterly useless waste of energy and materials.

  18. Takuan says:

    What a sad and utterly useless waste of energy and materials.

    compared to what?

  19. Tom says:

    Compared to spending money on cheap solar powered water purifiers… education (especially for women) in the developing world… malaria vaccination…

    Almost anything, really.

  20. Takuan says:

    well then, how about Disneyland?

  21. frogmarch says:

    “Clone” is probably the wrong word for what this guy is trying to do. It was reported in the local French press that he would be constructing a development that *resembled* Lyon, rather than duplicating specific buildings–probably a good idea since the city’s most distinctive landmark is a Catholic cathedral.

    What makes this project interesting, and what differentiates it from any number of Las Vegas resorts (think New York New York or The Venetian), is the attempt to import cultural institutions. Besides Olympique Lyonnais and a Bocuse restaurant as mentioned in the linked article, these would include the Institut Lumiere (film studies), a satellite campus of the University of Lyon, and a branch of the Musee des Tissus (which is much more interesting than it sounds).

    I believe Paul Bocuse already has a restaurant at one of the Disney parks, so this shouldn’t be too different…though I wonder if pork, an absolute essential in Lyonnaise cuisine, will be on the menu.

    Also, for the true Lyon experience, there should be no place to park, and everything should smell faintly of pee.

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