mar 29

Space Needle

Architectural renderings of the Space Needle and other attractions at the 1962 World's Fair. (I live a few blocks from the Space Needle and have a half-written essay about it. Except I think it may always stay "half-written," because there's something about Seattle's visions of the future that are always half-way complete.) [via]


"because there's something about Seattle's visions of the future that are always half-way complete."

Interesting, care to explain?

posted by Jonesy at 1:20 PM on March 29, 2007

Nope! I'm only going... half-way!

posted by Rex at 1:24 PM on March 29, 2007

I was shocked to learn about the nonfunctional Seattle monorail last time I was up there - it was like the Simpsons come to life! ("What's it called? Monorail! Once again... Monorail!")

posted by Michal Migurski at 6:46 PM on March 29, 2007

Yep, that's one of the examples in my incomplete essay... the working title is "Aborted Visions of the Future."

posted by Rex at 6:55 PM on March 29, 2007

I'm staying at the Warwick right now and my view from my balcony is the Space Needle. When I took a pic of it, I didn't realize until later the huge condo building in the foreground with a NOW RENTING sign on it.

Still can't find a bar that doesn't have napkins in the glasses on all the tables.

Did find Alaskan Pale at the Ralph's Market across the street.

posted by Savannah Red at 9:29 PM on March 29, 2007

Funny Rex,

I have several pieces of memoribilia from the 1962 World's Fair. One of them being the official program. If I were to title an essay about this topic, it would be stolen from one of my favorite albums, "Life In The So-Called Space Age".

I always got a kick out of the re-runs of the "cities of the future" cartoons that were on when we were kids. Sidewalks that move...Oh they have that at the MSP airport. Does that type of illustration or animation have a name or genre?

posted by taulpaul at 10:51 AM on March 30, 2007

On a side note, next time when you're in NYC, take the subway to Flushing Meadows for the site of the 1964 WF.

It's probably the most desolate place I've ever visited.

Pictures here

or another good example

How can you not love Robot World?

posted by taulpaul at 11:01 AM on March 30, 2007

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