If the Future Were 1950

Submitted by: ab326sussex 6 years ago in

1920s (hopeful, yet wrong) prediction of what American life would be like by 1950
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Male 16
No lift?
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Female 129
Really cool but I`d never be on that bottom floor.
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Male 679
Spiral escalators sound cool, but... Where do the stairs go when you get to the top??
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Female 98
Imagine what would happen if the fire alarm was pulled?!
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Female 1,356
I can only imagine what would happen if the whole thing were to collapse.
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Male 25,416
Wow, no need to worry, 1950 has passed :)
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Male 2,737
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!
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Male 2,172
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.
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Male 290
I had this idea when I was like 8.
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Female 2,695
because spiral escalators would be SUPER convenient
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Male 177
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.
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Male 6,694
The living quarters are way to cloce to the office. The boss would have you there all the time.
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Female 1,435
bring on Dark city
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Male 50
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
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Female 47
Aw man, that looks kind of awesome.
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Male 168
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.
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Male 3,076
looks good except for the spiral escalator...WTF?
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Female 404
actually that looks pretty awesome.
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Male 1,021
and one terrorist would ruin it all.
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Female 3,598
yeah wait isn`t this just a pic of japan?
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Male 1,834
nice
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Male 707
Spiral escalators FTW!!! want one
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Male 127
The problem with this is slow drivers would go in the `fast motor traffic` lanes and it`d make me angry.
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Male 5,617
Hmm...
Trains underground.
Can`t see the sky.
People haven`t seen greenery in years.
Looks like New York City or Tokyo to me.
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Female 3
This could probably work, although health and safety would prevent us from having schools and play grounds half a mile in the air XD
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Male 975
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
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Male 1,598
@ IkeRay: Lol. That is exactly what it looks like.
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Male 1,256
SPIRAL ESCALATORS!!!!!1
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Male 2,703
its like I`m really playing SimTower

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Male 242
I enjoy how their prediction of fast moving traffic looks not entirely dissimilar to turtles.
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Male 2,688
This could be an interesting future, especially if served with a side of Big Brother...
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Male 297
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!
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Female 728
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.
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Female 728
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.
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Female 229
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.
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Male 91
Pollution in the motor traffic sections would be incredible
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Male 319
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.
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Male 224
Would be extremely expensive to do. :P
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Male 306
What about crashes in the traffic levels?
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Male 561
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!
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Male 1,010
Not unlike Japan today...:-)
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Female 803
Minus the bus-like aircraft, this is totally do-able if we start ASAP.
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Male 1,164
I want to live in this 1950.
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Male 1,292
Paul is a genius.
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Male 776
man, if only.... that would be awesome
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Male 1,357
pretty cool. maybe in 2035? ;) ahaha
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Female 668
damnit this is a good freakin idea!
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Male 10,339
It IS a series of tubes
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Male 332
They predicted the internet in the bottom right!!!!
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Male 552
Playgrounds on the top shelf?? I lol`d
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Female 42
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.
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Female 3,562
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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Female 3,562
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.
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Male 168
Asia?!
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Male 1,196
I`m pretty sure that is exactly like 1950 was.
Just like the nes game street fighter 2010
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Male 189
Earthquake. Bam. Millions dead.
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Male 9,306
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.
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Male 415
thats pretty efficient
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Male 770
kinda like Coruscant
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Male 511
Spiral escalators - not a bad idea...
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Female 105
this. looks. awesome.
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Female 2,674
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.
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Male 2,868
This is exactly the way I remember the 1950`s.
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Female 1,236
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.
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Male 2,688
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.
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Male 705
Let`s gp back to 1950. It`s obviously better than this douchebag year.
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Male 1,744
Welcome, to the wooorrrllddd of tomorroowww
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Male 202
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....
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Female 243
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.
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Male 322
man, 1950 is the tits.
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Male 5,194
>>(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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Male 35
This is pretty cool
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Male 202
It`s all about the spiral Escalators
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Female 697
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
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Male 7,611
damn, i would love to live in that 1950, but thats more like 2150.
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Male 1,081
Wow...
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Male 3
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