Worst Development Project Overview Ever

March 3, 2010 -

If you were to propose a multi-million dollar, 46-acre development project, which included a new mass transit system and hydrogen energy plant, you probably wouldn’t use an image from Sim City for illustration purposes in your master plan, would you?

That’s exactly what Duane Faust, of ESNA Corporate Realty, did however, according to MLive.com.  The would-be developer used a Sim City image to illustrate a planned hydrogen energy plant in his 27-page proposal (PDF), which is part of a sweeping redevelopment plan for Grand Rapids, Michigan.

MLive.com also notes that Faust’s plan lifted an image used to illustrate a proposed hydrogen-powered subway system from hydrail.org, a “program designed to promote hydrogen-powered rail systems created by Appalachian State University.”

City Planning Director Suzanne Schulz called the project “a long shot,” adding, “It could be anything from an April Fool's joke to testing the waters to see if it's a legitimate project.”

Mayor George Heartwell labeled the proposed subway system “absurd.”

Members of the UrbanPlanet community have been picking the project apart, even going so far as to compare Faust with Simpsons character Lyle Lanly, who duped Springfield residents into paying for their own monorail system.

It was also reported that, "Faust could not be reached for comment. Telephone numbers connected to him and his firms in Atlanta and California have been disconnected."


Comments

Re: Worst Development Project Overview Ever

Wait, what?  D:>

"HEY! LISTEN!"

 

"HEY! LISTEN!"

Re: Worst Development Project Overview Ever

As a native to Grand Rapids I can say this guy has been around before and has generated a lot of talk about some giant secretive project that never materialized.  Now, Grand Rapids NEEDS some revitalization, but one of the worst uses of anyone's money would be to build a hydrogen energy plant or a hydrogen powered subway.  We simply do not have the traffic volumes to necessitate anything close to a subway.

If you want to talk transportation then build a commuter rail system (or mag-lev or something) connecting Grand Rapids, Holland and Muskegon.  Any other money spent on development around here ought to focus on transforming the dilapidated downtown areas into parks or art/cultural centers.  Even better, let's develop the burgeoning film industry here and build some production facilities like sound stages or special effects warehouses.

Grand Rapids is not a shoddy town, but it does have it's ugly areas.  It's really a city that just needs some love, but I don't think this Duane guy really understands what's best for the area.

Re: Worst Development Project Overview Ever

Heh... seems I should've read the actual PDF before posting as many of the things I mentioned (art/cultural centers and facilities for film) are included in the plan.

Still it's kind of silly to see a plan like this and find an image from SC4 on the front page.

Re: Worst Development Project Overview Ever

I think its a really cool idea.   Hell we sure do need some new ideas.   As for that forum hub Urban Planet, I glanced them over and didnt find a wealth of intelligent remarks.   Kind of like my own cities local news comments sections.   Regardless of what he borrowd the image from its not unheard of for future realities to have reference in past fiction. 

Re: Worst Development Project Overview Ever

(quote) "Simpsons character Lyle Lanly, who duped Springfield residents into paying for their own monorail system" (end quote). I thought Lanly built a faulty and severly dangerous monorail system, pocketing most of the funds that were intended for it. Anywho...

Who cares where the images came from? Assuming he isnt just messing with the people (disconnected phones? really?), it may be something to look at. Hydrogen powerplant... hmm. New jobs? We need it up here. And no more cold, but take what you can get...

 

In war, truth is the first casualty.

In war, truth is the first casualty.

Re: Worst Development Project Overview Ever

The main problem is probably that it's unsourced and unexplained.  He probably just intended it as clip art, but that's not clear in the context of the document.

Re: Worst Development Project Overview Ever

Well I live in Michigan, so this story really caught my interest...until I realized that this Faust guy seems like a really giant troll, lol.

-Optimum est pati quod emendare non possis-It is best to endure what you cannot change-

-Optimum est pati quod emendare non possis-It is best to endure what you cannot change-

Re: Worst Development Project Overview Ever

He could have photoshopped it a bit at least.

"I'd far rather be happy than right any day."

Re: Worst Development Project Overview Ever

There's nothin' on Earth like a genuine bona fide electrified six-car monorail.

 

Re: Worst Development Project Overview Ever

Laffo. I was reading this ALL THE TIME thinking of the monorail song from the Simpsons.

 
Forgot your password?
Username :
Password :

Poll

Poll: Is it censorship when a private retailer decides not to sell a particular video game?:

Shout box

You're not permitted to post shouts.
Andrew EisenOh, there's also the Facebook page.05/27/2015 - 4:29pm
hidannikOkay :( Guess I'll just have to YouTube it when I've caught up on all the other podcasts.05/27/2015 - 4:13pm
Andrew EisenI honestly don't know. The show is on my YouTube channel and we promote it here on the site every week.05/27/2015 - 4:11pm
hidannikIs there nothing a podcast app can key on?\05/27/2015 - 4:09pm
Andrew EisenYeah, we lost Libsyn quite some time ago. As such, no RSS or iTunes. We're working on finding a new (and cost effective) home but it's been really slow going.05/27/2015 - 4:07pm
hidannikThe last one on that feed was Feb 905/27/2015 - 4:05pm
hidannikThe feed is at superpac.libsyn.com05/27/2015 - 4:05pm
hidannikI ask because it hasn't shown up in my PocketCasts feed in a while. (I'm currently a month behind)05/27/2015 - 4:02pm
E. Zachary KnightAE, Loved your mom as the guest on your 30 Days of Netflix series. She is one interesting lady.05/27/2015 - 3:47pm
E. Zachary Knighthidannik, If you mean on iTunes, we are working to get it back up there soon. Otherwise, the show must go on. We record live every Saturday at 8pm Central05/27/2015 - 3:47pm
Andrew Eisenhidannik - The podcast will continue this weekend and every weekend after for the foreseeable future. What makes you ask?05/27/2015 - 3:29pm
Matthew WilsonI say no it isnt, but it depends on the reason for not selling it. were the pressured to not sell it. aka target au, or did they chose not to on their own aka gog with hatred.05/27/2015 - 3:28pm
hidannikIs there no more podcast?05/27/2015 - 3:26pm
E. Zachary KnightHere is another thought exercise. How would you feel if game developers traded in IP? http://gamasutra.com/blogs/JorgeMunoz/20150520/243471/Why_dont_developers_buysell_intellectual_property_much_like_other_assets.php05/27/2015 - 3:24pm
Andrew EisenSlightly Mad Studio comments on Wii U version of Project Cars: http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2015/05/exclusive_slightly_mad_studio_head_ian_bell_sets_the_record_straight_on_project_cars_wii_u05/27/2015 - 11:54am
E. Zachary KnightGamasutra has a really interesting interview with the Hatred developers. http://gamasutra.com/blogs/AlbertPalka/20150526/244229/Real_talk_with_Destructive_Creations_Hatred_interview.php05/27/2015 - 10:11am
WonderkarpLove Gamerevolutions Summary of Splatoon "It's like Double Dare found love with a roll of sushi and made a beautiful, action-packed Wii U game."05/27/2015 - 9:41am
E. Zachary KnightExtra Credits promotes SJW PC crap by discussing Rust's decision to include race but not give players a choice. ;) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh1zfdUTqBY05/27/2015 - 9:20am
ZippyDSMleeIt would be haliarous if soemone started complaining about it in some form or another.05/27/2015 - 8:58am
E. Zachary KnightMore SJW PC crap being shoved down the throats of game designers and gamers ;) http://gamasutra.com/view/news/244376/Bloodstaineds_female_lead_Miriam_reflects_the_games_audience.php05/27/2015 - 8:43am
 

Be Heard - Contact Your Politician