Saturday, March 12, 2016

Amazon Biospheres & Fort Worth Slow Motion Bridge Construction

I saw that which you see here this morning via the online version of the Seattle Times.

I knew Amazon was expanding its Seattle headquarters in the South Lake Union zone. I did not know Amazon was building a new urban campus in downtown Seattle.

And I definitely did not know that part of this new Amazon campus are structures called "biospheres".

Amazon building a new campus in a downtown zone where there are no undeveloped open spaces had me wondering if eminent domain was abused to acquire land to build this corporate headquarters in the manner eminent domain was abused in Fort Worth so Radio Shack could build a new corporate headquarters that it could not afford.

This new Amazon campus in Seattle appears to be a real big deal. In Fort Worth, way back in November of 2014 a ceremony with a big TNT bang was held in Fort Worth to mark the start of construction of one of America's Biggest Boondoggle's three simple bridges being built over dry land to connect the Fort Worth mainland to an imaginary island.

I blogged about this momentous Fort Worth occasion in A Big Boom Begins Boondoggle Bridge Construction Three Months Late.

I wonder if a big bang ceremony took place in Seattle to mark the start of construction of the new Amazon campus?

In Fort Worth a big fuss was made about a year after that TNT explosion marked the start of Boondoggle bridge construction, when wooden V pier forms were finally under construction and visible.

I blogged about the V pier fuss in Beautiful Fort Worth V Piers The Likes Of Which The World Has Never Seen.

I wonder how big a fuss was made in Seattle over seeing these Amazon biospheres rise above the ground? The Amazon biospheres appear to be a bit more remarkable than those Fort Worth's Boondoggle's wooden V pier forms.

I suspect little fuss was made in Seattle over the Amazon biospheres. That town has a lot going on. Like the world's biggest tunnel boring machine, Bertha, is again on the move, about to dig under the downtown skyscrapers.

The new Amazon campus is set to open in 2017.

Meanwhile, in Fort Worth, digging has yet to begin on the ditch that may eventually cause water to flow under America's Biggest Boondoggle's three simple little bridges, currently set to maybe open in 2018.....

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Cowtown (Fort Worth) didn't fare well in a list of the most unforgettable U.S. cities.

Dallas did really well placing 4th highest on the list.

Seattle was 9th highest while Fort Worth was well behind at 45th place. Fort Worth is the 16th largest city and yet only the 45th most well known.