Urban Renewal - Apple Style

  • Posted: 27 October 2009 01:13 AM

    Apple is reportedly investing $4 million or more renovating a run down Chicago Transit Authority subway station.

    What do you think? A good use of shareholder cash or not?

    How much might the new “Apple Subway Stop” be worth in goodwill, local publicity and sales at the nearby Apple retail store?

         
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    Posted: 27 October 2009 02:16 AM #1

    I think it’s a good move on Apple’s part. They likely will be perceived as being a good neighbor, both for the renovation of the CTA station, as well as developing an abandoned property in the first place. In that part of Chicago, many people do not drive, but use the “el”. As this new Apple Store is right next to the North/Clybourne station, many of the customers to that location will pass through that station on their way to shop for iProducts. It will be good that the station is no longer run down, and there will no doubt be plenty of enticing Apple ads in the station to get the juices flowing.

         
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    Posted: 27 October 2009 03:11 AM #2

    I think that no matter where Apple went in Chicago, Apple would want to fix the local neighborhood, no?

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    Posted: 27 October 2009 05:20 AM #3

    Eric Landstrom - 27 October 2009 06:11 AM

    I think that no matter where Apple went in Chicago, Apple would want to fix the local neighborhood, no?

    Well, that is one way to boost productivity on the idle $34B in slosh money.

    Create your own urban utopia’s around your retail outlets.

    Is this the beginnings of the old fashioned “Company Towns” where the firm owned everything of value in the surrounding areas near the actual factories?

    What next, Apple condo’s, all Green and Gore’ed?

    A new spin on creating “JOBS?”

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  • Posted: 27 October 2009 09:55 AM #4

    This might be more succinct if you knew how to use the apostrophe.

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    Posted: 27 October 2009 10:12 AM #5

    rattyuk - 27 October 2009 12:55 PM

    This might be more succinct if you knew how to use the apostrophe.

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    Posted: 27 October 2009 10:52 AM #6

    It’s possible that Apple bought into the fantasy of Chicago winning the Olympics bid, which would have made this renovation a very smart move.

     

    :apple:

         
  • Posted: 27 October 2009 10:55 AM #7

    TanToday - 27 October 2009 01:12 PM
    rattyuk - 27 October 2009 12:55 PM

    This might be more succinct if you knew how to use the apostrophe.

    When you gonna stop spamming this place with large images that fuck up the display on the iphone tan?

    Before or after you learn to use apostrophes?

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    Posted: 27 October 2009 12:54 PM #8

    rattyuk - 27 October 2009 01:55 PM

    When you gonna stop spamming this place with large images that fuck up the display on the iphone tan?

     

    I do it just to get YOU aggravated.

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    Posted: 27 October 2009 01:39 PM #9

    TanToday - 27 October 2009 01:12 PM
    rattyuk - 27 October 2009 12:55 PM

    This might be more succinct if you knew how to use the apostrophe.

    Grammarian

    The English Majors from Prairie Home Companion have you in their sights, Tan. The use of an apostrophe marks the (1) possessive case of proper nouns, (2) contractions showing an omission, or (3) indicates plurals of letters, abbreviations and numbers.

    That said, everybody settle down.  grin

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  • Posted: 27 October 2009 03:47 PM #10

    Here’s another Apple Urban Renewal Project, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

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    Posted: 27 October 2009 09:33 PM #11

    Eric Landstrom - 27 October 2009 06:11 AM

    I think that no matter where Apple went in Chicago, Apple would want to fix the local neighborhood, no?

    You’re right Eric, there are lots of places in Chicago that could use a facelift. Still, I think apple is doing a good thing here. They should get some positive PR, and also a great many of their customers to this retail location will use that CTA stop.

         
  • Posted: 27 October 2009 10:17 PM #12

    MacCube - 27 October 2009 01:52 PM

    It’s possible that Apple bought into the fantasy of Chicago winning the Olympics bid, which would have made this renovation a very smart move.

    Actually, Chicago did better than the Olympics. The town got another Apple Store. Olympics come and go. Apple stores are here to stay.  grin