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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

They’re Building Lyons All Over Again, in Dubai

posted by on January 16 at 9:28 AM

Here’s the mind-blowing item. (Via the great, great, read-it-every-day C-Monster.)

So if we had to take a simulated city in Seattle, which one would it be and which neighborhood would you want to get rid of to make room for it? (Lyons-Dubai is 700 acres.) What about a little Tacoma downtown?

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how could we fit another downtown in our already tiny downtown?

Posted by Bellevue Ave | January 16, 2008 9:33 AM

build a gay pioneer square... replacing madison park.

Posted by Judith | January 16, 2008 9:45 AM

Paul Allen land, Natch. (but for the center for wooden boats).

Posted by orangekrush | January 16, 2008 9:50 AM

@3 is on to something. I say blow out south Lake Union and replace it with a fake Las Vegas, which would then in turn contain a fake New York, fake Paris, fake Venice, fake Egypt and even a fake Space Needle.

Posted by Joe M | January 16, 2008 9:55 AM

I guess you could always leave downtown Seattle the way it is though since "it is sooo great" but if a little Tacoma will improve it then I guess that would be good. But there is not much you can do to improve downtown Seattle since you have such a beautifully designed rapid transit station there and the sandy beaches and parks on the waterfront that replaced Alaska Way are so nice to easily stroll too and relax on after a long day at the office.

Posted by -B- | January 16, 2008 9:58 AM

I would bulldoze South Park and build a new Amsterdam in its place. Then I would take out Northgate and build another version of Prague's district 1. Then I would flatten Blahvue and create another San Francisco.

Posted by Tiffany | January 16, 2008 9:59 AM

Florence - get rid of Shoreline, not really Seattle, and thats sorta the point

Posted by vooodooo84 | January 16, 2008 10:05 AM

I agree- Firenze.

We could get rid of Capitol Hill - you guys can't convince city council to actually fund anything in your neighborhood, like most neighborhoods, so it seems fair.

Plus, face it, you'd love it in Florence!

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 16, 2008 10:11 AM

whoa! thanks for the super nice shout out!

Posted by C-Monster | January 16, 2008 10:14 AM

Dubai has officially jumped the shark.

Posted by laterite | January 16, 2008 10:16 AM

fucking dubai. they're so weird.

Posted by *gong* | January 16, 2008 10:18 AM

i'm so happy that we get to fund any harebrained idea dubai comes up with.


Posted by max solomon | January 16, 2008 10:24 AM

Whoa. Meta-urbanism. I love it.

Posted by Justin | January 16, 2008 10:51 AM

Yeah - umm - the little "Dubai World" project has only been going on now for about two or three years. Stop writing pretentious wank about what's "now hanging" and you might be a little more up to speed, dearie.

Posted by Mr. Eyes | January 16, 2008 11:27 AM

We can't do it.
Any other city we pick, they'd have a real rapid transit system, and we are hell bent to be the only major city in the world without a real rapid transit system. (That is, looking at what we do, not what we say.)

Posted by unPC | January 16, 2008 11:30 AM

Kansas City, everything's up to date in Kansas City.

Posted by Brian | January 16, 2008 11:41 AM

While this speaks a lot to the wealth and flamboyance of Dubai, is sadly speaks more to what can be accomplished on the backs of virtual slave labor. Earthquakes aren't the only reason they don't build many brick buildings here anymore.

Posted by Dougsf | January 16, 2008 12:14 PM

We could go all meta and build a mini-Dubai.

Where to build it? Belltown. Take that, yuppie condos.

Posted by tsm | January 16, 2008 12:23 PM

didn't they build a replica of vencie in china?

Posted by Cale | January 16, 2008 12:29 PM

why Lyon, anyway? why not Heidelberg?

grow your own fucking culture, tacky ass members-only jacket wearin' arab bitches.

cloning france won't change your god-forsaken climate. and without wine, there is no France.

Posted by max solomon | January 16, 2008 12:55 PM

France without wine is not France.

A French whore in a hajib is not a French whore.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | January 16, 2008 3:14 PM

@12: What do you mean, "we" get to fund it? It's not like we send aid to UAE (as far as I can tell through research). Hell, UAE gives the US money-- they gave a 100 million dollar donation after Katrina, for instance.

We do buy their export, oil thirsty nation that we are, but it didn't seem like that was what you meant.

Posted by Lauren | January 16, 2008 5:31 PM

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