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Stop the Space Elevator

2. February 2005 • Scott Trudeau
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This blogger
(Maxe Clark), and Brooklyn denizen posted a snapshot of this flyer parody of a phenomenon not unique to New York City.

... 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.

> via BoingBoing

  1. But we need the space elevator in order to provide affordable housing! The Greenbelt will only work if we build up within the city limits! The Mayor promised us a space elevator when we were voting on the Greenbelt! We can’t allow a few NIMBYs to block the space elevator! The Kerrytown Shops sit on the only site in town that’s geologically suited for the base of the space elevator – it’s unfortunately, but it has to go!
       —Murph    Feb. 2 '05 - 02:15PM    #