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Friday, July 25, 2008

The Next South Africa

posted by on July 25 at 14:51 PM

Sound Transit, this is how you design a station:
Midrand_station_perspective-Display_2008.jpg The Midrand Station is part of Gautrain, South Africa’s future “rapid rail link between Johannesburg, Pretoria and Joburg International Airport.” The power this future railway system exerts on my imagination is the same the failed train line from Cape Town to Cairo exerted on Cecil Rhodes. Gautrain, this is the rose; dance here.

(Lee Pyne-Mercier sent the me the wonderful link.)

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I don't agree. The perfect mass transit station is barely visible on the surface; a doorway, a down escalator. Fits in a row of shops. Of course, that presupposes an underground train....

Posted by Fnarf | July 25, 2008 3:31 PM

Right, Chaz.

Look at that picture a little more closely - and tell me what's missing?

Right. Buildings. Other buildings. This thing is being built adjacent to a freeway in a freaking open field!

It's easy to build a big, architecturally lavish structure when there aren't any other structures within the immediate vicinity to limit your design options.

Now, how exactly again do you propose building a station that covers roughly FIVE FREAKING ACRES! - anywhere along ST's current or proposed routings?

Posted by COMTE | July 25, 2008 3:35 PM

I can imagine that building covered in graffiti with vagrants hanging outside.

Posted by elswinger | July 25, 2008 4:11 PM


It's hard not to...

Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me | July 25, 2008 5:01 PM

I'm just surprised that Charles didn't find a way to include a naked woman in that photo.

Posted by Sylvie | July 25, 2008 5:08 PM

@1 - you mean a Tokyo monorail station in the burbs.

And he tried, but ECB stole all the pics.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 25, 2008 5:13 PM


Damn it! It's raciest to imply that Chuck is misogynistic. Don't you know that?... Shame on you.

Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me | July 25, 2008 5:14 PM

The roofline and support columns are nice. Other than that it looks like a skate rental facility for the ice rink in front of it.

Posted by nightlifejitters | July 25, 2008 5:56 PM

@3 - the pee smell. Did you remember to imagine the pee smell?

Posted by CP | July 25, 2008 7:58 PM

Hmm, I feel like I've seen that roofline before... Oh wait:

Posted by Patrick | July 26, 2008 8:53 PM

I think I've seen it before, on "The Jetsons." Did they have Jetsons on the telly where you grew up, Charles?

Posted by CP | July 27, 2008 7:17 AM

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