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  1. Profile photo of ab326sussex
    ab326sussex Male 18-29
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    November 13, 2010 at 2:32 pm
    Link: If the Future Were 1950 - 1920s (hopeful, yet wrong) prediction of what American life would be like by 1950
  2. Profile photo of MrYouKnow
    MrYouKnow Male 13-17
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    November 13, 2010 at 3:09 pm
    Wow...
  3. Profile photo of cobrakiller
    cobrakiller Male 18-29
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    November 13, 2010 at 3:15 pm
    damn, i would love to live in that 1950, but thats more like 2150.
  4. Profile photo of Neko_Sik
    Neko_Sik Female 18-29
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    November 13, 2010 at 3:26 pm
    I suppose this was all based on how the Industry was growing back then? My college history teacher would probably love to see this image
  5. Profile photo of iGamer
    iGamer Male 18-29
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    November 13, 2010 at 3:36 pm
    It`s all about the spiral Escalators
  6. Profile photo of CJ0135
    CJ0135 Male 13-17
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    November 13, 2010 at 3:42 pm
    This is pretty cool
  7. Profile photo of duffytoler
    duffytoler Male 40-49
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    November 13, 2010 at 3:45 pm
    >>(hopeful, yet wrong) prediction of what American life would be like

    Maybe not completely wrong. I used to live in Chicago, and that arrangement is pretty much like upper and lower Wacker Drive, with the trains and all. Planes weren`t landing on top of buildings, but they had Meig`s field until a few years ago.
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    rbt_food Male 18-29
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    November 13, 2010 at 3:54 pm
    man, 1950 is the tits.
  9. Profile photo of kw112
    kw112 Female 13-17
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    November 13, 2010 at 3:55 pm
    WE CANT DIG THAT DEEP! we would hit the mole people!

    having airplanes land on top on buildings.... i mean its sort of close becuase we have helipads and all.
    but something about 747`s landing on skyscrapers doesnt sit right with me..hmmm...i wonder why...

    Chicago is in the middle i guess. i mean there arent schools and offices in skyscrapers downtown. and the whole "pedestrian/car/train" levels thing only applies as "pedestrian,car/train" level" the only thing is the layout of the buildings that remind me of chicago.
  10. Profile photo of Tommasso1618
    Tommasso1618 Male 13-17
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    November 13, 2010 at 3:58 pm
    I actually think this is probably what at least one major city will look like in the future....

    I would say NY, but a) I dont think they would wanna alter NY that much..... Plus, I dont think the land it sits on is conducive to this design.

    Perhaps a major, yet less developed city will look like this....

    And its not that far fetched... In fact.... Disney World is built over another secret level for employees. So it sorta has this concept....
  11. Profile photo of phoneybone
    phoneybone Male 18-29
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    November 13, 2010 at 4:08 pm
    Welcome, to the wooorrrllddd of tomorroowww
  12. Profile photo of DamienLike
    DamienLike Male 13-17
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    November 13, 2010 at 4:09 pm
    Let`s gp back to 1950. It`s obviously better than this douchebag year.
  13. Profile photo of taylor_stone
    taylor_stone Male 30-39
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    November 13, 2010 at 4:21 pm
    Am I the only one who sees this and thinks that this is what the cities would look like if society fell into dystopia? All it needs is a bunch of , roaming cameras, giant screens on every corner, blimps with screens floating everywhere with a constant feed of some ruthless dictator reminding the people of the strict 7PM curfews and death troop consequences to any who oppose the "way of the future".

    Seriously... I can almost see an early mindset on dystopian futures in this image.
  14. Profile photo of PTPete
    PTPete Female 30-39
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    November 13, 2010 at 4:40 pm
    This isn`t too terribly far-fetched. Certain areas, rather than entire cities, are mulit-leveled. Think of international airports. Super malls, subways, helipads. Fast-track lanes in So. Cal. Or not. It doesn`t really matter.
  15. Profile photo of sbeelz
    sbeelz Male 30-39
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    November 13, 2010 at 5:14 pm
    This is exactly the way I remember the 1950`s.
  16. Profile photo of DixxyRarr
    DixxyRarr Female 18-29
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    November 13, 2010 at 5:26 pm
    Interesting. I`m getting my masters in Urban Planning (specifically Environmental UP) and a lot of planners are moving toward this more compact, mixed-use sort of area (thank god).

    I agree with rbt_food, 1950 is indeed the tits.
  17. Profile photo of Chidori-san
    Chidori-san Female 18-29
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    November 13, 2010 at 5:30 pm
    this. looks. awesome.
  18. Profile photo of Trojan
    Trojan Male 18-29
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    November 13, 2010 at 6:24 pm
    Spiral escalators - not a bad idea...
  19. Profile photo of draino123
    draino123 Male 30-39
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    November 13, 2010 at 6:25 pm
    kinda like Coruscant
  20. Profile photo of ingrateful
    ingrateful Male 13-17
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    November 13, 2010 at 6:30 pm
    thats pretty efficient
  21. Profile photo of Nidonemo
    Nidonemo Male 18-29
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    November 13, 2010 at 6:35 pm
    I`ve seen that every time humans predict the advances of technology, they always get it about half right. Some fantasy is mixed in, but they`re close.
  22. Profile photo of RepostPolice
    RepostPolice Male 13-17
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    November 13, 2010 at 6:45 pm
    Earthquake. Bam. Millions dead.
  23. Profile photo of tatripp
    tatripp Male 18-29
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    November 13, 2010 at 6:47 pm
    I`m pretty sure that is exactly like 1950 was.
    Just like the nes game street fighter 2010
  24. Profile photo of PhantasmFork
    PhantasmFork Male 18-29
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    November 13, 2010 at 7:08 pm
    Asia?!
  25. Profile photo of SarahofBorg
    SarahofBorg Female 18-29
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    November 13, 2010 at 7:14 pm
    So why don`t we have roads for slow, inner city traffic underground? Although it would suck to have to park in the garage and never on the street again, even if you`re just going a few blocks.
    Also, this reminds me of the 1920s science fiction film (the VERY first ever) Metropolis. Great movie.
  26. Profile photo of SarahofBorg
    SarahofBorg Female 18-29
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    November 13, 2010 at 7:17 pm
    Boston is kind of like this, since the Big Dig. They funneled all the major highways that go through Boston underground, and the trains are below that. Of course there`s still inner city traffic.
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    pjonkml Female 18-29
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    November 13, 2010 at 7:18 pm
    All of this seems quite feasible if you throw enough time and money at it. But as RepostPolice said, an earthquake would be a terrible thing. Terrible indeed.
  28. Profile photo of TheTumor
    TheTumor Male 18-29
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    November 13, 2010 at 7:19 pm
    Playgrounds on the top shelf?? I lol`d
  29. Profile photo of qquuaacckk
    qquuaacckk Male 18-29
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    November 13, 2010 at 7:27 pm
    They predicted the internet in the bottom right!!!!
  30. Profile photo of auburnjunky
    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    November 13, 2010 at 8:16 pm
    It IS a series of tubes
  31. Profile photo of B-b-beccah
    B-b-beccah Female 18-29
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    November 13, 2010 at 9:17 pm
    damnit this is a good freakin idea!
  32. Profile photo of littlepete50
    littlepete50 Male 18-29
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    November 13, 2010 at 9:32 pm
    pretty cool. maybe in 2035? ;) ahaha
  33. Profile photo of addler
    addler Male 13-17
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    November 13, 2010 at 10:08 pm
    man, if only.... that would be awesome
  34. Profile photo of jbwhite
    jbwhite Male 18-29
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    November 13, 2010 at 10:33 pm
    Paul is a genius.
  35. Profile photo of Linkenberger
    Linkenberger Male 18-29
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    November 13, 2010 at 11:26 pm
    I want to live in this 1950.
  36. Profile photo of kittehdee29
    kittehdee29 Female 18-29
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    November 14, 2010 at 12:00 am
    Minus the bus-like aircraft, this is totally do-able if we start ASAP.
  37. Profile photo of Student_Law
    Student_Law Male 30-39
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    November 14, 2010 at 12:13 am
    Not unlike Japan today...:-)
  38. Profile photo of TalcumX
    TalcumX Male 50-59
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    November 14, 2010 at 2:35 am
    love the playgrounds......hey lets toss the frisbee..uh..how about a game of baseba...the hell with it, let`s just throw the football.go out for a long one jimmy!
  39. Profile photo of martinikene
    martinikene Male 18-29
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    November 14, 2010 at 4:01 am
    What about crashes in the traffic levels?
  40. Profile photo of Fojos
    Fojos Male 18-29
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    November 14, 2010 at 4:52 am
    Would be extremely expensive to do. :P
  41. Profile photo of November_Rai
    November_Rai Male 30-39
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    November 14, 2010 at 5:06 am
    Much of what is depicted here is coming into reality now, or is at least being talked about again as legitimate solutions. Too bad in the 50`s we thought `living large` could go on forever.
  42. Profile photo of billbob-05
    billbob-05 Male 18-29
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    November 14, 2010 at 5:40 am
    Pollution in the motor traffic sections would be incredible
  43. Profile photo of jen00384
    jen00384 Female 18-29
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    November 14, 2010 at 7:11 am
    Boston made a valiant attempt at this... Took away highways that ran through the city and built tunnels. Too bad they leak. Made a "garden green" or sorts where the highways used to run. And our trains and some bus lines already run under ground. But no spiral escalators. Fail.
  44. Profile photo of green_batman
    green_batman Female 18-29
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    November 14, 2010 at 8:19 am
    This is a beautifully efficient picture of the future, but there are a couple of problems with it.

    One, it lacks greenery. E. O. Wilson wasn`t around with his theory of biophilia back then, but people have an innate love of nature, and having nothing but concrete and steel in our surroundings tends to drive us a bit batty.

    Two, it is *too* efficient. Cities aren`t planned *that* well. The only way to achieve this picture would be to start a city from scratch with this idea in mind.
  45. Profile photo of green_batman
    green_batman Female 18-29
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    November 14, 2010 at 8:22 am
    I should clarify: I meant that it doesn`t have much street-level greenery. It`s possible that people might be satisfied with the green roofs, but I would find it rather depressing to walk/drive through a city with very little street level greenery. I was raised in the suburbs, though, so maybe it`s just that I`m used to lots of trees.
  46. Profile photo of tyger9575
    tyger9575 Male 30-39
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    November 14, 2010 at 8:53 am
    Fuuck greenery! Plants, trees, and clean air are for pussies! Build, construct, grow the future! Industry and commercialism is the ultimate outcome! Mother Nature is a whore! HOORAY for big business!
  47. Profile photo of taylor_stone
    taylor_stone Male 30-39
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    November 14, 2010 at 8:54 am
    This could be an interesting future, especially if served with a side of Big Brother...
  48. Profile photo of Jats
    Jats Male 18-29
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    November 14, 2010 at 8:55 am
    I enjoy how their prediction of fast moving traffic looks not entirely dissimilar to turtles.
  49. Profile photo of IkeRay
    IkeRay Male 18-29
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    November 14, 2010 at 9:00 am
    its like I`m really playing SimTower

  50. Profile photo of Skabashas
    Skabashas Male 18-29
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    November 14, 2010 at 9:31 am
    SPIRAL ESCALATORS!!!!!1
  51. Profile photo of D3rAnG3d
    D3rAnG3d Male 18-29
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    November 14, 2010 at 11:06 am
    @ IkeRay: Lol. That is exactly what it looks like.
  52. Profile photo of premierwondr
    premierwondr Male 18-29
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    November 14, 2010 at 12:14 pm
    I`m attempting a major in urban planning and whenever I start getting utopian a lot of crazy ideas like this come into my head. I love the picture
  53. Profile photo of MindlessMuse
    MindlessMuse Female 18-29
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    November 14, 2010 at 1:07 pm
    This could probably work, although health and safety would prevent us from having schools and play grounds half a mile in the air XD
  54. Profile photo of CodeJockey
    CodeJockey Male 40-49
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    November 14, 2010 at 1:48 pm
    Hmm...
    Trains underground.
    Can`t see the sky.
    People haven`t seen greenery in years.
    Looks like New York City or Tokyo to me.
  55. Profile photo of Narninian
    Narninian Male 18-29
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    November 14, 2010 at 2:36 pm
    The problem with this is slow drivers would go in the `fast motor traffic` lanes and it`d make me angry.
  56. Profile photo of Flashpacker
    Flashpacker Male 18-29
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    November 14, 2010 at 3:18 pm
    Spiral escalators FTW!!! want one
  57. Profile photo of ROK9
    ROK9 Male 18-29
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    November 14, 2010 at 4:10 pm
    nice
  58. Profile photo of SmilinSam
    SmilinSam Female 18-29
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    November 14, 2010 at 4:12 pm
    yeah wait isn`t this just a pic of japan?
  59. Profile photo of fivezones
    fivezones Male 40-49
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    November 14, 2010 at 7:03 pm
    and one terrorist would ruin it all.
  60. Profile photo of adlinbaby
    adlinbaby Female 18-29
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    November 14, 2010 at 10:34 pm
    actually that looks pretty awesome.
  61. Profile photo of SvampeBob
    SvampeBob Male 18-29
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    November 15, 2010 at 2:47 am
    looks good except for the spiral escalator...WTF?
  62. Profile photo of elhowell
    elhowell Male 18-29
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    November 15, 2010 at 2:48 am
    Oh back when popular mechanics didn`t suck. Like firing their Chief Editor and several other senior staff, putting in dummies, and "debunking 911".

    Lolz, hearst magazines.
  63. Profile photo of Lizzy_girl
    Lizzy_girl Female 18-29
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    November 15, 2010 at 5:43 am
    Aw man, that looks kind of awesome.
  64. Profile photo of flexus
    flexus Male 30-39
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    November 15, 2010 at 6:56 am
    looks like my idea of hell high rise buildings hmm didn`t they try building simialr albeit smaller versions of this in london and other cities around the world in the 50`s and 60`s and we all know how succseful that went now there pulling these eysores down about damn time too i look at that picture and all i see is a vertical slum
  65. Profile photo of DeathToLems
    DeathToLems Female 18-29
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    November 15, 2010 at 8:23 am
    bring on Dark city
  66. Profile photo of meepmaker
    meepmaker Male 30-39
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    November 15, 2010 at 9:06 am
    The living quarters are way to cloce to the office. The boss would have you there all the time.
  67. Profile photo of MyJobSucks
    MyJobSucks Male 18-29
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    November 15, 2010 at 11:44 am
    I don`t see the problem - actually this guy was really close to the mark. OK, we don`t drive underground, but we do have the underground trains.
  68. Profile photo of shizzamX
    shizzamX Female 18-29
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    November 15, 2010 at 1:24 pm
    because spiral escalators would be SUPER convenient
  69. Profile photo of bongsmoka420
    bongsmoka420 Male 18-29
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    November 15, 2010 at 6:26 pm
    I had this idea when I was like 8.
  70. Profile photo of Groogle
    Groogle Male 30-39
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    November 15, 2010 at 10:39 pm
    We got some of those in smaller version here in quebec city... the guy who predicted this back in 1925 was `kind of` a visionaire if you ask me.
  71. Profile photo of robosnitz
    robosnitz Male 40-49
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    November 16, 2010 at 7:30 am
    This would never happen. Trains underground? People living in boxes in buildings high in the sky? Public parking garages? Landing pads for aircraft?This is just crazy talk! PURE WITCHCRAFT!
  72. Profile photo of Fatninja01
    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    November 16, 2010 at 1:25 pm
    Wow, no need to worry, 1950 has passed :)
  73. Profile photo of PringleMan
    PringleMan Female 13-17
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    November 16, 2010 at 3:48 pm
    I can only imagine what would happen if the whole thing were to collapse.
  74. Profile photo of MizMeg
    MizMeg Female 18-29
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    November 18, 2010 at 11:11 am
    Imagine what would happen if the fire alarm was pulled?!
  75. Profile photo of keatonatron
    keatonatron Male 18-29
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    November 21, 2010 at 4:39 am
    Spiral escalators sound cool, but... Where do the stairs go when you get to the top??
  76. Profile photo of dielaughing
    dielaughing Female 13-17
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    November 22, 2010 at 3:13 am
    Really cool but I`d never be on that bottom floor.
  77. Profile photo of zhazen
    zhazen Male 30-39
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    December 19, 2010 at 8:30 pm
    No lift?

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