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(BBC-US)   Entire town in Sweden moving two miles East, says "Take THAT Google Earth"   (bbc.com) divider line 62
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2014-03-30 09:23:26 PM  
img2.wikia.nocookie.net
//hotlink
///DRTFA
 
2014-03-30 09:55:13 PM  
Should have used the "ironic" label.
 
2014-03-30 09:55:56 PM  
s2.quickmeme.com

DRTFA either
 
2014-03-30 09:56:07 PM  
Simpsons did it.
 
2014-03-30 09:59:48 PM  
Simpsons did it. Though I'll be damned if I can't find a screen grab of Springfield moving down the road on the trailer trucks, and Homer jumping over to Moe's.
 
2014-03-30 10:02:54 PM  
Came for "Simpsons did it," leaving satisfied.

/"...And all those opposed to horse whipping Homer Simpson?"
 
2014-03-30 10:04:30 PM  
Holy. shiat.

I would love to see a comparison between the profit created by that mine versus the total financial cost of replacing/ relocating an entire town for it.
 
2014-03-30 10:05:20 PM  
Why didn't they just use proper engineering to prevent the mines from destabilizing the whole region? Seems kind of idiotic
 
2014-03-30 10:06:17 PM  
ftfa: "...houses, several hotels and 2.2m sq ft (0.2m sq m) of office, school and hospital space will be emptied over the next two decades - while alternatives are built on the new site."

And 20 years of construction noise for the first people that move in?

/still good that the mining co. is not just tunneling underneath and hoping for the best...
 
2014-03-30 10:07:01 PM  
Someone's gonna half to go back and get a shiatload of kronor!
 
2014-03-30 10:10:10 PM  
CSB -

A friend of mine is a pharmacy tech. One Saturday morning the first customer was a guy who ran to the window, slid to a stop, and yelled "I need the Plan B! I need the Plan B!"
 
2014-03-30 10:11:25 PM  
Loadin'
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Well, my screen is loadin'

Loadin'
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Loadin'

Time out!

/slow link is slow
 
2014-03-30 10:13:39 PM  
isleofran.com
 
2014-03-30 10:13:50 PM  
I used to work in a historic building that had been moved about 650 feet to make room for construction of a new building.  They just cut the whole thing off at ground level, jacked it up and pulled it using horses to the new foundation.
 
2014-03-30 10:14:02 PM  

mikebdoss: Simpsons did it. Though I'll be damned if I can't find a screen grab of Springfield moving down the road on the trailer trucks, and Homer jumping over to Moe's.


Here you go.

img.fark.net
 
2014-03-30 10:17:55 PM  
img.fark.net
what we all came for.
 
2014-03-30 10:22:23 PM  
No biggie. Google Maps already had all the town addresses incorrectly listed two miles east anyways.

Really. Google Maps is good about getting you to an area but regularly the address locations are off, sometimes by a block or more.
 
2014-03-30 10:26:35 PM  
I don't think 2 miles is far enough
 
2014-03-30 10:28:23 PM  
... and you thought the U.S. landslides were big!
 
2014-03-30 10:29:02 PM  

vodka: Why didn't they just use proper engineering to prevent the mines from destabilizing the whole region? Seems kind of idiotic


Clumsy Swedes
 
2014-03-30 10:29:40 PM  
Thanks all you better-at-GIS-than-me Farkers!
 
2014-03-30 10:30:09 PM  

nanim: ftfa: "...houses, several hotels and 2.2m sq ft (0.2m sq m) of office, school and hospital space will be emptied over the next two decades - while alternatives are built on the new site."

And 20 years of construction noise for the first people that move in?

/still good that the mining co. is not just tunneling underneath and hoping for the best...


I've seen them starting to move some of the houses. I think they created a problem by saying "In the next 30 years." Here we are, 10 years later, and they've just barely started. If you want to get shiat done, do it as quickly as possible.

Once you've got crews capable of moving houses, it's a division of labor:
*pave and build infrastructure
*build new pads
*jack up old houses,
*load houses on trailers
*unload houses from trailers

This is a concentration of houses to move that's not seen very often. Specialization and expertise in each of the steps would be rewarded, but it's just house moving crews, same team from start to finish.
 
2014-03-30 10:30:39 PM  
This has happened a lot in Arizona. Mining companies own the property and they can do what the want with it.  For example, this happened in the mining communities of Morenci and Ray. They'll either shut down the town or move it on another part of the property. I have a couple of family members who had lived in those communities.
 
2014-03-30 10:35:27 PM  
img.fark.net

nbd
 
2014-03-30 10:41:17 PM  

autopsybeverage: Holy. shiat.

I would love to see a comparison between the profit created by that mine versus the total financial cost of replacing/ relocating an entire town for it.


This is a STATE-owned project, which means the money has no value.
 
2014-03-30 10:47:18 PM  

illannoyin: CSB -

A friend of mine is a pharmacy tech. One Saturday morning the first customer was a guy who ran to the window, slid to a stop, and yelled "I need the Plan B! I need the Plan B!"


No, she needs Plan B.  You need to go home, relax, have a drink, pack and GTFO of town.
 
2014-03-30 10:50:32 PM  

macross87: Came for Old Iron Eyes....


/leaving with a tear


Not a bad idea seeing as he was closer to Swedish (Sicilian, Actually) than American Indian
 
2014-03-30 10:51:11 PM  
If only there was a company in Sweden that sold easy to build furniture to help with such an endeavor.

/really, I'm the first? You're slipping Fark.
 
2014-03-30 10:54:51 PM  

skinink: No biggie. Google Maps already had all the town addresses incorrectly listed two miles east anyways.

Really. Google Maps is good about getting you to an area but regularly the address locations are off, sometimes by a block or more.


Our house was built just over two years ago. Until a month ago, Googling our address would give you a random cul-de-sac on the other end of our neighbourhood, far enough away that the street names don't even involve the same words anymore. However, Googling just the street name worked fine. It's been hell trying to give directions to delivery guys who are used to staring at their sat-nav and can't follow basic directions like "Okay, you're in the drug store parking lot. We're the multi-colored buildings right next to it, and I'm standing in the parking lot waving at you."
 
2014-03-30 10:59:54 PM  
"That gives us great concern - unlike any other project we work on."

Clearly. Maybe some great concern in future undertakings will prevent cockups of this magnitude.
 
2014-03-30 11:01:59 PM  

skinink: No biggie. Google Maps already had all the town addresses incorrectly listed two miles east anyways.

Really. Google Maps is good about getting you to an area but regularly the address locations are off, sometimes by a block or more.


Not where I am.  Put in my address, the dot is on my house, and the street view is a picture of my front door.  And no, I didn't do anything to help them with that.
 
2014-03-30 11:20:13 PM  

bigstoopidbruce: autopsybeverage: Holy. shiat.

I would love to see a comparison between the profit created by that mine versus the total financial cost of replacing/ relocating an entire town for it.

This is a STATE-owned project, which means the money has no value.


Then why are they doing anything?
 
2014-03-30 11:28:55 PM  

zerkalo: macross87: Came for Old Iron Eyes....


/leaving with a tear

Not a bad idea seeing as he was closer to Swedish (Sicilian, Actually) than American Indian


img.fark.net
 
2014-03-30 11:48:46 PM  

jtown: Simpsons did it.


Deliverence did it. So you wanna go canoeing in Aintry?
 
2014-03-30 11:51:51 PM  

ejwsod36: If only there was a company in Sweden that sold easy to build furniture to help with such an endeavor.

/really, I'm the first? You're slipping Fark.


Sure an ikea house would be cheap and easy to move but once you move it the front door falls off it's hinges everytime you close it and the roof delaminates and reverts to fibers and glue since once you take it apart you can never put it back together just right.
 
2014-03-30 11:52:01 PM  
Valmeyer, IL did it after the flood of 93. Didn't really relocate buildings for the most part, but the entire town was stricken and refounded.
 
2014-03-30 11:54:31 PM  

autopsybeverage: I would love to see a comparison between the profit created by that mine versus the total financial cost of replacing/ relocating an entire town for it.


Yeah, I strongly suspect this was a case of the engineers saying what would happen but the people in charge realized the problems if they emerged would land on their successors.
 
2014-03-31 12:00:02 AM  

Lokasenna: It's been hell trying to give directions to delivery guys who are used to staring at their sat-nav and can't follow basic directions like "Okay, you're in the drug store parking lot. We're the multi-colored buildings right next to it, and I'm standing in the parking lot waving at you."


"But I don't see you waving on the GPS ..."
 
2014-03-31 12:01:32 AM  

autopsybeverage: Holy. shiat.

I would love to see a comparison between the profit created by that mine versus the total financial cost of replacing/ relocating an entire town for it.


Well one would think that the mine purchasing the town to move everyone must be a net profit.  Plus being the primary source of jobs in the town the people living there must agree.  they have a shiatty situation and are making it work.
 
2014-03-31 12:06:35 AM  
ts2.mm.bing.net
Is not  impressed
 
2014-03-31 12:13:27 AM  
my roommate was waving to the google car as it drove by. i was standing in the doorway in rainbow pajama pants. it was classic. i hope they leave it up there for a long time.
 
2014-03-31 12:17:31 AM  
Relevant to the people of Seoul, no...?
 
2014-03-31 12:23:21 AM  
I figure the iron ore would be worth about $600 per cubic yard.  A 1/8 acre lot would have about 500 sq yards so about $1 million for every 10 feet of ore and looking at the size of that mine, it looks like there is plenty of ore to cover the cost and keep a nice profit as well.
 
2014-03-31 12:39:11 AM  
I grew up in a small iron mining community (Negaunee, MI) where the same thing happened at some point in the town's history, back when they were doing shaft mining. From what I hear, many buildings and homes were shifted outside of the unstable areas. The caving grounds were mostly opened up a few years ago and turned into a historical park, with miles of original and new road for walking and biking and hiking, and markers erected to show the names of original landowners or the type of businesses that were present. There are some remaining foundations, an old dump, a few old cars, and some fenced-off clifts that drop deep down into the earth to black pools of water filled with decades of tires and washing machines. Growing up, this place was awesome, as it was basically a city's worth of unsupervised private property that surrounded the town in every direction. Most lawful citizens did not jump the fence and the police were not free to enter unless they physically saw you trespassing from the other side. There are still large land areas that belong to the mining corporation that have not been cleared for public use due to safety issues, and i'm sure that's where all of today's youth are located every summer weekend.
 
2014-03-31 12:42:15 AM  
The city's location 145km (90 miles) north of the Arctic Circle means that it's in perpetual daylight from May to August and perpetual darkness from December to late January. Temperatures remain below -15C (5F) for much of the year, with snowfall all year round.

there isn't enough money in all of Sweden to get me to live there.
 
2014-03-31 01:30:53 AM  
Was it Rock Ridge?

/dnrtfa
 
2014-03-31 01:43:08 AM  
Sure makes California look stupid x squared .. they can't even build a railroad. The French have built more than one bullet train that runs beautifully .. the French .. and now Sweden is moving an entire locality.

Stupid stupid California

Of course, the USA has given up on Space, the military, our heslthcare system
 
2014-03-31 01:55:24 AM  

autopsybeverage: Holy. shiat.

I would love to see a comparison between the profit created by that mine versus the total financial cost of replacing/ relocating an entire town for it.


That's what I was thinking. I would hope/expect that the value of the deposits is so huge that it's worth it but OTOH perhaps this is being pay for partially by the state as a form of subsidy or something. Kind of a cool story. Subby/mod is an idiot for the Scary tag and dragging Google into the headline.
 
2014-03-31 02:30:59 AM  

autopsybeverage: Holy. shiat.

I would love to see a comparison between the profit created by that mine versus the total financial cost of replacing/ relocating an entire town for it.


It doesn't matter. The first rule of business is to privatise the profits and socialise the costs.
 
2014-03-31 06:20:41 AM  

Ambitwistor: Lokasenna: It's been hell trying to give directions to delivery guys who are used to staring at their sat-nav and can't follow basic directions like "Okay, you're in the drug store parking lot. We're the multi-colored buildings right next to it, and I'm standing in the parking lot waving at you."

"But I don't see you waving on the GPS ..."


Have had that happen with two different out-of-town visiting friends looking at Street View. "I'm looking right at your house, you're not at the door - it's closed!"

*facepalm*
 
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