Tuesday, January 29, 2013
29 January 2013
1955 San Francisco replaces the cable cars with moving stairways.
from The Roads Must Roll by Robert A. Heinlein, published 1940
Reality: Sci fi writers love the moving sidewalk and moving road, but "moving stairway" is just another way of saying escalator.
Cable cars are cool. Escalators are dull. They would have to take up sidewalk space instead of road space. You think tourists are going to wait in line to ride escalators from Market Street to Fisherman's Wharf?
Ahh, hellz no, as we say in Oakland.
There is no way San Francisco would ever give up part of its unique flavor for such a boring idea.
Looking one day... INTO THE FUTURE! John Elfreth Watkins envisions a high speed railway system linking East Coast to West, making a trip from New York to San Francisco in less than 24 hours ... in the year 2000!
Join me then... IN THE FUTURE!