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(NJ.com)   To prevent it from being an eyesore, NJ town will disguise new cell phone tower as a... smokestack?   (nj.com) divider line 77
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2010-05-25 04:38:19 PM  
Can't be worse than trying to disguise them as trees. That is really stupid.
 
2010-05-25 04:49:40 PM  
Sounds about right.
 
2010-05-25 04:50:20 PM  
And, FWIW, I've always thought cell towers looked cool. I don't know why people want to hide them.
 
2010-05-25 04:52:26 PM  
They should get rid of all those ugly lights and paint it a beautiful sky blue. That would look sharp.
 
2010-05-25 05:00:19 PM  
Why do people declare everything that provides a valuable service to be an eyesore?
 
2010-05-25 05:12:36 PM  
Here in the Northwest, I've seen some that are painted green. You don't really see them unless you are practically next to them.

I don't see the point in doing something extravagant to disguise them, but something as simple as painting them the color of their surroundings goes a LONG way.
 
2010-05-25 05:19:34 PM  
MacG: Can't be worse than trying to disguise them as trees. That is really stupid.


Ha! Let's see you pick out the cell tower, smart guy!


blogs.creativeloafing.com
 
2010-05-25 05:21:36 PM  
Knara: And, FWIW, I've always thought cell towers looked cool. I don't know why people want to hide them.

yeah, they're not too bad. I actually really like old smokestacks, though, like this one:
www.abbott-lavalle.info
 
2010-05-25 05:22:15 PM  
tototototo: Why do people declare everything that provides a valuable service to be an eyesore?

Have you seen the hookers in Atlantic City????
 
2010-05-25 06:48:15 PM  
Earguy: tototototo: Why do people declare everything that provides a valuable service to be an eyesore?

Have you seen the hookers in Atlantic City????


Those aren't the only sores the hookers will give you.
 
2010-05-25 06:49:38 PM  
Earguy: tototototo: Why do people declare everything that provides a valuable service to be an eyesore?

Have you seen the hookers in Atlantic City????


FTW
 
2010-05-25 06:53:51 PM  
BigSnatch: Earguy: tototototo: Why do people declare everything that provides a valuable service to be an eyesore?

Have you seen the hookers in Atlantic City????

Those aren't the only sores the hookers will give you.


Hookers are unique in that the more you pay the less you get.
 
2010-05-25 08:39:20 PM  
MacG: Can't be worse than trying to disguise them as trees. That is really stupid.

I wasn't aware NJ had trees, in any case.
 
2010-05-25 08:41:42 PM  

timujin


yeah, they're not too bad. I actually really like old smokestacks, though, like this one:


Did Costello get one, too?
 
2010-05-25 08:44:19 PM  
MacG: Can't be worse than trying to disguise them as trees. That is really stupid.

Yeah, we have some "Cellular Redwoods" here in Philly and they look ridiculous. At least NJ HAS smokestacks.
 
2010-05-25 08:44:28 PM  
I liked the fake pine tree tower I saw a few years ago...
Outside Las Vegas in the middle of the desert. and not a real tree within 50 miles

/way to blend in
 
2010-05-25 08:45:20 PM  
They should make it look like a Sleestak.
 
2010-05-25 08:46:34 PM  

The_Sponge


They should make it look like a Sleestak.


Put it to a vote...

The eyes have it.
 
2010-05-25 08:47:14 PM  
Just go with the tower.

I'd consider it a symbol of progress, that we haven't financially imploded ourselves just yet, despite the best possible efforts from inside the Beltway.
 
2010-05-25 08:49:14 PM  
It's New Jersey, what's one more smokestack?

Earguy: MacG: Can't be worse than trying to disguise them as trees. That is really stupid.


Ha! Let's see you pick out the cell tower, smart guy!


I've got that beat - though no picture of it (yet...). I live in the middle of the Mojave Desert... and that's what they decided to disguise a cell tower as. /facepalm
 
2010-05-25 08:51:32 PM  
Another option:

i297.photobucket.com
 
2010-05-25 08:52:10 PM  
What a disguised cell tower may look like...

i789.photobucket.com
 
2010-05-25 08:52:43 PM  
I think they should add a few legs and tentacles and make the cell towers into War of the World tripods.
 
2010-05-25 08:54:32 PM  
How fugly do you have to be to be considered an eyesore in New Jersey?? SERIOUSLY! Ever been there???
 
2010-05-25 08:54:46 PM  
tototototo: Why do people declare everything that provides a valuable service to be an eyesore?

See, this is the kind of thinking that always gets in the way of initiative to remove the eye-sores of intersection lights from our roads. They cause 'red-light syndrome' and are known to lower lower property values. I've heard that they even can induce epileptic seizures in some people. They're a menace. Stop signs for all.
 
2010-05-25 08:56:06 PM  
Hah! My town finally makes it onto fark!

Given the aera, it actually sort of works. Bloomfield Ave. is the main retail corridor and has a lot of old retail and converted industrial buildings. Even a train station converted to a supermarket and shpping plaza. That said, the taxes are ridiculously high and the people whose view will now have this paid an assload for their houses. Probably still less than I paid for my condo.

The result is one of the strongest and loudest nimby movements that I've ever seen.
 
2010-05-25 08:56:43 PM  
Ball of Confusion: How fugly do you have to be to be considered an eyesore in New Jersey??


I have four words for you:

Cell Phone Tower Snookie

/GAH!
 
2010-05-25 08:58:20 PM  
i101.photobucket.com


In Tucson I believe.

 
2010-05-25 08:59:54 PM  
belhade:

I think they should add a few legs and tentacles and make the cell towers into War of the World tripods.

Now you're on to something. Creative cell tower art.

Not the California "trees", which sometimes look OK, but creative things like you suggested.

I like the way you think.
 
2010-05-25 09:00:52 PM  
MacG: Can't be worse than trying to disguise them as trees. That is really stupid.

Bad things happen to trees round these parts...

img.photobucket.com
 
2010-05-25 09:02:53 PM  
www.birdintheskycommunications.com

A ton like this one in Phoenix.

I understand that they are trying to avoid being an eyesore (and for the most part it succeeds) but it makes me paranoid.
 
2010-05-25 09:09:26 PM  
The_Sponge: They should make it look like a Sleestak.

There's a gold one...lets stomp his head in!
 
2010-05-25 09:10:10 PM  
Working for a cell company, I'm getting a kick out of these replies.

\Waited a long time to use that.
\\Think the "disguises" look stupid myself, but a lot of local governments require it as part of the permitting process.
\\\Really funny when people start complaining of the "health problems" they've had since the tower went up and the site hasn't been turned up yet.
 
2010-05-25 09:10:45 PM  
New Jersey - The Garden State.

Sure, if you're growin' smokestacks.


/Bless you Mr. Carlin. You are missed.
 
2010-05-25 09:10:56 PM  
belhade: make the cell towers into War of the World tripods

This is why I should never be a city planner. I would make it my goal to have this happen.
 
2010-05-25 09:12:10 PM  
Knara: And, FWIW, I've always thought cell towers looked cool. I don't know why people want to hide them.

So terrorists can't find them when they invade.

Alternative: So space aliens can't find them when they invade.
 
2010-05-25 09:14:31 PM  
why not put up four in a square, and then string a giant inflatable pig inbetween them?

/better not be obscure.
// just in case it is, I'll just leave this here:

sleevage.com
 
2010-05-25 09:15:06 PM  
Montclair is a pretty affluent town, and it's on the top of my list in NJ to move to eventually.
 
2010-05-25 09:15:21 PM  
Get real ... these things are giant phallic symbols. I'd love to see the town that makes one look like a huge, erect, sweating and ready penis.
 
2010-05-25 09:16:27 PM  
A turn-of-the-century smokestack, he said, is a brilliant approach to hiding the tower in plain sight because "there probably was one in public works back in the day when everybody burned their garbage, so it seems totally appropriate and natural."

This guy is what, about a hundred and twenty?
 
2010-05-25 09:17:36 PM  
MacG: Can't be worse than trying to disguise them as trees. That is really stupid.

They wouldn't have to do that if morons didn't cry about them being "eyesores" or such nonsense.
Regardless, many of the tree disguises are actually quite good.
Why do you care exactly?
 
2010-05-25 09:17:40 PM  
I drove past one in Mississippi on my way to New Orleans. They built a huge obelisk around it. It looked like a fat Washington Monument. I don't even notice cell towers anymore and seeing this bizarre monument totally caught my eye. I guess they failed at trying to hide it.

Other ideas not to use to hide your tower:
Martian tripod
Oil derrick
ICBM
volcano
Smoke monster
 
2010-05-25 09:26:40 PM  
EbolaNYC: Montclair is a pretty affluent town, and it's on the top of my list in NJ to move to eventually.

If you have or are going to have kids and are not planning on private school, I'd recommend Millburn or Chatham instead. Better schools for the same or better taxes and less crime. You still have nice downtown areas with boutiques and good restaurants. Maybe not as many as Montclair, but still good. Also they are less racially and economically diverse than Montclair, but the diversity (economic diversity) is a double edged sword. In Montclair, it results in wonderfully different cultural restaurants and stores and a great art scene. But it contrbutes to crime which tends to creep up Bloomfield ave from Newark and originates from some of the two family homes and apartments. And it means the public high school has issues. Still better than in the city, but not what you would expect fom the property taxes.

But, if you are not planning on having kids, or are looking at private schools, it's a great place to live. I certainly love it.
 
2010-05-25 09:30:16 PM  
Has there ever been a single person who died or became debilitated as a result being in the proximity of a cellphone tower's radiant energy? I'm not including those who can "sense" electromagnetic waves in this question because those people have a certain derpiness about them.
 
2010-05-25 09:32:15 PM  
Jument: A turn-of-the-century smokestack, he said, is a brilliant approach to hiding the tower in plain sight because "there probably was one in public works back in the day when everybody burned their garbage, so it seems totally appropriate and natural."

This guy is what, about a hundred and twenty?


doesnt matter really, he doesnt want it, he doesnt have to have it, the county is going to be putting it up on county own property, then they get the rental rights,
its going to go up weather the farkers want it to go up or not.

if I was the county, I would just tell them " hey, we tried to accomodate you, but.. fark it."

what? like they're not going to put it up because these people are complaining? right.

they also better stop biatching when they "dont have any bars"
 
2010-05-25 09:32:49 PM  
What disguised cell phone towers may look like...

i789.photobucket.com
 
2010-05-25 09:34:54 PM  
belhade: I think they should add a few legs and tentacles and make the cell towers into War of the World tripods.

In all seriousness, automated roving cell sites (e.g. on a predator-like civilian drone or miniature helicopter) would seriously ease the strain on the existing cell networks. They would be able to move to the optimal position to help provide service to the most people on the fly. Big event? Have a few heli-cellsites hovering nearby.
 
2010-05-25 09:37:16 PM  
Here is the cell tower obelisk at Irvine Spectrum, CA.

farm4.static.flickr.com
 
2010-05-25 09:37:51 PM  
As you drive down the Klamath River from Yreka California, toward Happy Camp, if you look towards your left, you'll see a series of power poles painted to blend in with the scenery. Unfortunately, the worker tasked with painting them was colorblind, and painted them blue.
 
2010-05-25 09:38:09 PM  
ArgusRun: EbolaNYC: Montclair is a pretty affluent town, and it's on the top of my list in NJ to move to eventually.

If you have or are going to have kids and are not planning on private school, I'd recommend Millburn or Chatham instead. Better schools for the same or better taxes and less crime. You still have nice downtown areas with boutiques and good restaurants. Maybe not as many as Montclair, but still good. Also they are less racially and economically diverse than Montclair, but the diversity (economic diversity) is a double edged sword. In Montclair, it results in wonderfully different cultural restaurants and stores and a great art scene. But it contrbutes to crime which tends to creep up Bloomfield ave from Newark and originates from some of the two family homes and apartments. And it means the public high school has issues. Still better than in the city, but not what you would expect fom the property taxes.

But, if you are not planning on having kids, or are looking at private schools, it's a great place to live. I certainly love it.


Upper Montclair = $$$ whites. Condensed version.
 
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