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(Messy Nessy Chic)   Canadian town that has everything but people   (messynessychic.com) divider line 61
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2013-09-10 07:12:11 AM
That's sorta creepy.
 
2013-09-10 07:17:55 AM
I like ghost towns

Its interesting to see time stuck in place
 
2013-09-10 07:36:32 AM
Sounds like my kind of town.

/people suck
 
2013-09-10 07:39:44 AM
Malibdinum ?????
 
2013-09-10 07:40:16 AM

cman: I like ghost towns

Its interesting to see time stuck in place


I have to concur... i think it's pretty cool though most of the time you see towns from the old west stuck in time, nothing modern... this is sort of unique.
 
2013-09-10 07:41:27 AM
Who's cutting the grass?
 
2013-09-10 07:41:40 AM

Mister Peejay: Malibdinum ?????


it's Molibdenum's distant cousin twice removed on the mother's side.
 
2013-09-10 07:42:20 AM

abhorrent1: Who's cutting the grass?


ghosts
 
2013-09-10 07:43:16 AM
t3.gstatic.com
 
2013-09-10 07:44:35 AM

robohobo: [t3.gstatic.com image 283x178]


winchesterhome.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-09-10 07:44:48 AM
"Hello?"
 
2013-09-10 07:45:50 AM
i43.tinypic.com

These guys are into them
 
2013-09-10 07:46:20 AM
What are Canada's laws regarding squatting I wonder..
 
2013-09-10 07:49:38 AM

Raktastic: [i43.tinypic.com image 483x348]

These guys are into them


And we're done here.......BRAVO!!!
 
2013-09-10 07:50:23 AM
I see the problem. They forgot to build a Tim Hortons. Or, if they did, it has only three parking spots and 4, 5... 6 tables,eh?
 
2013-09-10 07:52:11 AM
Its like Pripyat, but with out the ferris wheel and animals with six legs
 
2013-09-10 07:57:33 AM

cman: I like ghost towns Its interesting to see time stuck in place


Time stuck in place?  This town is a glaring exception to the rapid deterioration most ghost towns suffer, which is about the only thing that makes it interesting.

If you read the article to the bottom, you'll find that people were being paid to keep this town well-maintained.  It was sold in 2004 and has had work done on it as recently as 2011.
 
2013-09-10 07:59:27 AM

abhorrent1: Who's cutting the grass?


One of the weird things I noticed about Centralia, PA, actually, was the cut grass.  There are a handful of residents, and apparently SOMEBODY is taking care of the cemeteries.  It adds to the overall creepiness a bit.
 
2013-09-10 08:00:07 AM
Thank God that guy found a way to make money with that town.  A remote shan-gri-la for scientists, intellectuals, and artists sounds like a one way ticket to Bond Villan Land.
 
2013-09-10 08:01:22 AM

Esroc: What are Canada's laws regarding squatting I wonder..


Exiled to an iceberg. They take squatting pretty serious up here. It's as bad as polar bear rustling and being impolite
 
2013-09-10 08:04:06 AM
No, really...  Malibdinum???
 
2013-09-10 08:06:47 AM

Mister Peejay: Malibdinum ?????


Bad Ibdinum.
 
2013-09-10 08:07:01 AM

Mister Peejay: No, really...  Malibdinum???


Yup.  It's used in high strength steel.  It's gotta come from somewhere, and whoever is digging it up will probably make money on it.
 
2013-09-10 08:08:35 AM

nutkick_42: Mister Peejay: No, really...  Malibdinum???

Yup.  It's used in high strength steel.  It's gotta come from somewhere, and whoever is digging it up will probably make money on it.


Apparently I need either more coffee to wake up or less coffee so I can slow down and read things properly.  Either way, I completely missed the misspelling.  Even though Firefox underlined it in red for me.
 
2013-09-10 08:09:23 AM

mike_d85: Thank God that guy found a way to make money with that town.  A remote shan-gri-la for scientists, intellectuals, and artists sounds like a one way ticket to Bond Villan Land.


I need to know where I can get some business hammocks.
 
2013-09-10 08:10:18 AM
Build an ice hockey arena and they will come.
 
2013-09-10 08:11:26 AM
Unobtanium?
 
2013-09-10 08:13:25 AM
Isn't Detroit on the US side of the river though?
 
2013-09-10 08:20:32 AM

mike_d85: A remote shan-gri-la for scientists, intellectuals, and artists sounds like a one way ticket to Bond Villan Land.


The ironic thing is that most attempts to build Galt's Gulch aren't done by genuine intellectuals but businessmen, so they always build places that appeal to greed and wonder what went wrong.

I remember reading about a hilariously failed attempt to build a high-tech academic hotspot in Florida in the hopes of reviving the local economy.  The problem was that the economy needed reviving because it was right in the middle of a derpy, Bible-thumping, anti-intellectual hellhole part of Florida.  Needless to say, all those professionals educated in the likes of Cambridge, Austin, Ann Arbor, Berkeley, etc. weren't quick to relocate to an openly regressive environment.

This might actually show some promise because there isn't anything entrenched to get in the way, and a number of researchers would have use for such a remote spot.  It'll fall apart the first time they try to squeeze blood from a rock, though, because freedom from derpy intrusion is about the only appeal.  It's not like the location was selected for any scientifically interesting reason.
 
2013-09-10 08:21:30 AM

mike_d85: Thank God that guy found a way to make money with that town.  A remote shan-gri-la for scientists, intellectuals, and artists sounds like a one way ticket to Bond Villan Land.



Or a quirky SyFy series.
www.wired.com
 
2013-09-10 08:24:15 AM
Any know the actual name for this type of jungle gym? We used to just call them 'Big Toys'.
farm2.staticflickr.com
 
2013-09-10 08:26:30 AM

Mister Peejay: Malibdinum ?????


If you have ridden a bicycle you have most likely enjoyed the benefits of chromoly steel.
 
2013-09-10 08:30:42 AM

dragonchild: mike_d85: A remote shan-gri-la for scientists, intellectuals, and artists sounds like a one way ticket to Bond Villan Land.

The ironic thing is that most attempts to build Galt's Gulch aren't done by genuine intellectuals but businessmen, so they always build places that appeal to greed and wonder what went wrong.

I remember reading about a hilariously failed attempt to build a high-tech academic hotspot in Florida in the hopes of reviving the local economy.  The problem was that the economy needed reviving because it was right in the middle of a derpy, Bible-thumping, anti-intellectual hellhole part of Florida.  Needless to say, all those professionals educated in the likes of Cambridge, Austin, Ann Arbor, Berkeley, etc. weren't quick to relocate to an openly regressive environment.

This might actually show some promise because there isn't anything entrenched to get in the way, and a number of researchers would have use for such a remote spot.  It'll fall apart the first time they try to squeeze blood from a rock, though, because freedom from derpy intrusion is about the only appeal.  It's not like the location was selected for any scientifically interesting reason.



Not really, the "intellectual appeal" has driven the design and building of office parks and research facilities for years.  Since the 90s they have done everything they could to make the facilities look and feel like college campuses.  It's a mind-fark rather than some sort of real open research hub, but the idea is the same.

Also, you tell the intellectuals that the research is funding the community and they will allow all of the design and sale of their research that you can steal.  You just have to keep them happy enough to not dig into the finances.
 
2013-09-10 08:31:32 AM

Langston: That's sorta creepy.


Creepy? Slightly, but super cool. That entire town would make an amazing movie set.
 
2013-09-10 08:36:53 AM

George Babbitt: Any know the actual name for this type of jungle gym? We used to just call them 'Big Toys'.
[farm2.staticflickr.com image 424x281]


I remember that wooden type as "The Splinter Setup".
 
2013-09-10 08:42:35 AM

mike_d85: Thank God that guy found a way to make money with that town.  A remote shan-gri-la for scientists, intellectuals, and artists sounds like a one way ticket to Bond Villan Land.


That or:
exclamationmark.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-09-10 08:46:18 AM
This is one of the most interesting stories I have seen on Fark in a while..

Thanks, Subby!
 
2013-09-10 08:56:55 AM
Forcibly evicted? Why? and how?
 
2013-09-10 09:00:04 AM

abhorrent1: Who's cutting the grass?


They ship the zombies from The Walking Dead up there.
 
2013-09-10 09:03:09 AM

mike_d85: the "intellectual appeal" has driven the design and building of office parks and research facilities for years. Since the 90s they have done everything they could to make the facilities look and feel like college campuses.


Except, you know, try to understand exactly what is appealing about college campuses with thriving research faciliites.  That's how a business thinks -- I don't get it, but I want it, so I'll copy what I see because anything I don't understand must not be important.  That approach works on most consumers; intellectuals not so much.  Well, if you do it well enough you'll get the "practice squad" guys who are still plenty smart by comparison (just like an NFL cast-off can easily kick your ass in football, the dumbest MIT grad is probably better at engineering than anyone in Hicksville) but really don't care to be there, and that's often good enough if you're content to work in commoditized markets.

/ worked with industry sales in the Midwest
// they just did NOT get why smart people choose to live in blue states
 
2013-09-10 09:07:42 AM

Hagbardr: mike_d85: Thank God that guy found a way to make money with that town.  A remote shan-gri-la for scientists, intellectuals, and artists sounds like a one way ticket to Bond Villan Land.

That or:


My thought as well.

/normal view
//Normal View!
///NORMAL VIEW!!!
 
2013-09-10 09:17:29 AM
Turn it into a paintball facility.
 
2013-09-10 09:23:28 AM

LordOfThePings: mike_d85: Thank God that guy found a way to make money with that town.  A remote shan-gri-la for scientists, intellectuals, and artists sounds like a one way ticket to Bond Villan Land.

I need to know where I can get some business hammocks.


Have you checked down in the Hammock District?
 
2013-09-10 09:38:24 AM
Another article states the guy pays up to $2M/yr to keep the place maintained. Wouldn't be to bad a job.
 
2013-09-10 09:40:39 AM

jaybeezey: LordOfThePings: mike_d85: Thank God that guy found a way to make money with that town.  A remote shan-gri-la for scientists, intellectuals, and artists sounds like a one way ticket to Bond Villan Land.

I need to know where I can get some business hammocks.

Have you checked down in the Hammock District?


You know, there's a little place called Mary Ann's Hammocks. The nice thing about that place is Mary Ann gets in the hammock with you.
 
2013-09-10 09:42:27 AM

Mister Peejay: Malibdinum ?????


I like how both the spelling and the typeface changed throughout the article.
 
2013-09-10 09:44:11 AM
Not really scary, but really fascinating. Typically when you hear of abandoned towns, they've been wrecked and ransacked by looters and vandals.
 
2013-09-10 09:44:36 AM

Russ1642: Turn it into a paintball facility.


That would be awesome! I would make the trip for that.
 
2013-09-10 09:47:43 AM
I remember hearing about locals going to work out there when I lived in Prince Rupert in the 70's. Sounded like a normal town till I read this article.

/I miss the mountains
//stuck in the flatlands
 
2013-09-10 09:52:37 AM
I visited the abandoned Air Force base in Truro, MA this summer. It was like this, only not maintained. And if you are familiar with the Mutant Poison Ivy Of Death that is ubiquitous on the outer Cape, you'll understand that the houses and buildings are safe from squatters and vandals. So there they sit, quietly returning to nature. I was able to make it to a couple of windows, and it's just like the people packed up one day and walked away. Creepy. And the street signs, mailboxes, and house number posts are all still there but weeds are growing up thick in the roads.

There it sits, prime Cape real estate with a gorgeous ocean view, abandoned and rotting. Turns out the whole place is an asbestos remediation nightmare, and I expect there is more in the ground there than the Air Force is admitting to. Anyway, it's worth the walkthrough if you're ever out that way.
 
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