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Video: Christmas lighting atop the Empire State Building

On December 20, 2013, the Empire State Building kicked off the first of its five Christmas light shows by illuminating its world-famous LED tower lights in holiday hues. Over 15,000 channels of the building’s LEDs were synchronized to holiday-themed music that was broadcasted on Clear Channel New York’s radio station 106.7 Lite FM. Tonight’s song selection included “Holly Jolly Christmas” by Burl Ives and “Christmas Wrapping” by The Waitresses. Internationally-acclaimed lighting designer Marc Brickman choreographed the show.

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Video: Bikes, Buses, Streetcars, and Automobiles

This video shows the Broadway Corridor of Seattle’s First Hill Streetcar project.

In five auto lane widths of roadway you can see room for a separated cycle track, automobile traffic, bus and streetcar traffic, dedicated turn lanes, and it looks like maybe some parking (plus ample sidewalks with trees). It really shows how you can pack a lot of transportation modality into a not too big roadway. Of course Providence is a place where we have a lot of not too big roadways.

What roads in Providence could you see done up in a similar fashion?


Via: Greater Greater Washington

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Video: How Sagrada Familia Will Look When It’s Done

Started in 1892, Barcelona’s Sagrada Família has been under construction on and off ever since. Following architect Antoni Gaudí’s death in 1926 nine different architects have taken charge of the project. During the Spanish civil war Gaudí’s drawings and models were destroyed by fire lending controversy to the building’s completion.

The video shows the completion of the remaining work, scheduled to be be finished by 2026, the centennial of Gaudí’s death.

I was lucky to be able to visit the building in 2005 and highly recommend that anyone who has any remote opportunity of to visit it jump at the chance.

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