Sep 18th, 2009 Posted in U2 Tour | No Comments »
This is cross posted from the ONE Blog.
The U2 360 spaceship has landed in North America, and we’re off to a rockin’ start. Matt (who’ll be running the tour for most of the North American tour) met me in Chicago and we ran around town gathering T-shirts, wristbands, and our new tabling set up. Everything was in perfect order, including the weather. I’m told the odds of 4 September days of 72 degree sunny weather is an near impossibility in Chicago, but that’s what we got.
Our 30 volunteers were in good form, recruiting new members by the thousands. The biggest obsticale they ran into was that many of the fans were already ONE members. Not a bad problem to have!
I’m in Toronto now, and ready to get rolling on another two shows. I hope to see you at a show soon!
May 5th, 2009 Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »
The Sears Tower is adding a couple of glass bottomed balconies to its 103rd floor viewing station. I’ve done the whole tall building vertigo thing many time before, but if the mock-up above is anything like reality, this will be quite a different experience and would make a trip to the top of the tower totally different. I might even seek it out next time I’m in Chicago.
These new balconies highlight the value of good design at a tourist destination. It’s important that places don’t take their tourist draw for granted. With some good design – like what’ the Sears Tower is doing – locations can capitalize on what they’ve already got, and give tourists a better experience.
The case where I disagree with this line of thought is when it comes to messing with nature. The Grand Canyon is one of the great wonders of the natural world, yet they’ve recently added well designed glass bottom walkway would milk some more cash from tourists and add to their experience. It’s a relatively tasteful platform, but it feels like it ruins the whole point of a natural wonder: the communion with nature. Also, if you can’t hire a talented designer, you might end up with something really tacky – take the picture below with the giant sign and cement elephants in front of otherwise an otherwise beautiful waterfall in Vietnam.