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Disappointed with the Arches?

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    Josh Lapp
    Josh Lapp
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    I’ve been very disappointed lately with the programing of the Short North Arches. For holiday hop the arches had some sort of blinking theme, which IMO would have looked much better Red and Green or some other more holiday theme. There was nothing special for on of the biggest nights of the year, New Years Eve.

    I was very impressed/please with the programing during Pride and the Softball Tournament, so my question is: Can we improve/make special programing on a more regular basis to provide something of interest to look at?

    #420568

    JonMyers
    Participant

    Josh, I feel ya. I love the arches, but am not a fan of the inconsistent Sesame Street on Ice lighting strategy.

    It would be nice if the controller broke and the lights simply remained white.

    #420569
    Jason Powell
    Jason Powell
    Participant

    The blinking and changing of colors are much more appealing to me than stand alone white, but to each his own. That said, green and red would have been nice during the holidays. In the end, let’s just feel lucky that they still work.

    #420570

    Jim Lauwers
    Participant

    I think the arches are doing a great job, they’re doing just great.

    #420571

    Jim Lauwers
    Participant

    How can we make the arches more interesting, here are my ideas:
    -More colors, maybe colors we don’t see very often like glurple or blorange.
    -Have them sway in the breeze — additional thought: prerecorded windchime noises?
    -Affix fake Torii to them during Ohayocon, Anime Punch, etc.
    -Flash really quickly like there’s lightning or someone’s taking pictures
    -Let people control them through the internet
    -Use them to paint out images if you’re standing at exactly the right spot on High street — additional thought: look into persistence of vision hacks
    -Have them change color each time a car passes under them
    -Coin-slot boxes on each one that let people choose what they should display
    -Hollywood-style searchlights on the top of each one
    -Colors should change based on available parking on that block (tied in with the new parking meters)
    -Let people climb up them and throw pennies
    -Install an overhead gondola system supported by them, instead of building a streetcar
    -Speakers that broadcast the latest news headlines and energizing hard-house techno music
    -They should shoot sparks

    #420572

    Jim Lauwers
    Participant

    -Turn them into part of the World’s Longest Carwash (free for anyone driving down high street)
    -Cover them with cloth and make a big tunnel
    -Extend them downwards and use them as makeshift firepoles into the sewer
    -Along the lines of “firepoles,” put on free burlesque performances with them (late at night)
    -Street luge obstacle course?
    -Each lightbulb should be replaced with a small ghost or pumpkin-shaped bulb during Halloween (and possibly easter)
    -Space elevator tethers

    #420573

    Jim Lauwers
    Participant

    During the superbowl they should flash morse code updates about the score in the colors of the playing teams, so if you’re driving your car you can keep up to date with the Big Game.

    #420574

    JonMyers
    Participant

    Love it. The lights should be tied to data points in the city.

    #420575

    Jim Lauwers
    Participant

    The lights should be tied to hot-air balloons and the city should give everyone free rides

    #420576

    JonMyers
    Participant

    What about a sky chair system that connects to the arches?

    #420577

    cyclist II
    Participant

    Dimmer switch?

    #420578

    Jim Lauwers
    Participant

    Maybe an inward-facing hall of mirrors so that people who have apartments never have to see the lights.

    #420579

    Jim Lauwers
    Participant

    If each arch blinked on one at a time, in order, down the length of high street, it would probably feel like you were driving a lot faster (or slower, depending)

    #420580

    Diesha
    Member

    There are some colors we must be careful with (i.e. Red, Blue, Yellow, Green) due to emergency vehicles and traffic lights.

    Thanks for the suggestions, I’m not sure we can do about Hot Air Balloon rides, but fun new light shows for sure!

    #420581
    Josh Lapp
    Josh Lapp
    Participant

    Diesha wrote >>
    There are some colors we must be careful with (i.e. Red, Blue, Yellow, Green) due to emergency vehicles and traffic lights.
    Thanks for the suggestions, I’m not sure we can do about Hot Air Balloon rides, but fun new light shows for sure!

    Thanks for your reply! I know that the light display during Pride really got all my friends talking. Although i dont know how much the lights specifically draw people into the SN i’m sure that they add to the ambiance, especially if they are special for different occasions! Maybe http://www.shortnorth.org could create some buzz with a contest or suggestions on different displays for special occasions on the site or on facebook? Perhaps thats cliche but anything to create a buzz in the “new media” age.

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