First here is some reading material:
Now let’s take a look at the Gondola comparison prepared by the city of
One thing that is not mentioned anywhere in the comparison is what happens to the urban fabric between the gondola stations.
The first gondola mentioned is the Roosevelt Island Gondola in
The next gondola project talked about was MART which was part of the New Orleans Worlds Fair. This is another gondola that traveled over water so had no effect on the urban fabric it passed over. An interesting point about this gondola is that there was plans to continue operating it after the fair but that last less than six months and was later torn down on the orders of the Coast Guard. Another interesting facet is that ridership during the fair boom was less than half of what projected by the backers of the system.
The next one compared is Telluride
The third gondola compared is the only one that comes close to what Godfrey is trying to build and that is the urban gondola in
The fourth project talked about once again is a poor comparison to Godfrey’s dream which is the Portland Ariel Tram. Like the telluride situation this gondola is designed to carry passengers from the waterfront area up a steep incline to the Oregon Health and
The line does travel along
The next couple of gondola’s mentioned join Godfrey’s as pipe dreams which includes proposals in
What it comes down to is a gondola is good for point to point transportation especially for situations that involve huge elevation changes. What it is not designed to do is blend into the urban fabric of a community. How will
What Godfrey should be working on is bringing a new vision to the city, one that focuses on the character of the city, provides the opportunity for independently owned retail stores and restaurants which would give residents of
Or will Godfrey take the opportunity that