11.15.2005

Industrial yuppies

Yesterday I described Burbania, and here's another term that can go with it: Industrial Yuppies. These are the people who live in areas that used to have factories and warehouses when cities were the focus of industry. After the factories closed or moved abroad or elsewhere and the warehouses shrank or were shifted, the carcasses of those industrial buildings remained for several years until real estate developers had the slick idea to convert them to lofts, where the upwardly mobile moved.

Those people who dwell in those revitalized neighborhoods are experiencing urban life through scrubbed industrial eyes. They don't live in the obvious neighborhoods, which have existed and morphed throughout the years; they are in the new land, on the edge, where the future remains.

7 comments:

Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

11 16 05

In SF and Oakland theyve been doing that for years! My husband and I thought seriously about that lifestyle in the warehouse with the lab but insulation and dust were a problem! I like the daily topics of conversation; these are things that we experience but seldom discuss...Good post:)

mj said...

There's more--there are a lot of things I notice, but a lot of times I end up writing them in my journal. But I should post some observations here.

What kind of lab do you want to create? Is your husband a scientist too?

Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

11 17 05

MJ: We want to create an electronics fabrication and chemistry lab-well physical chemistry. This can be done with some expenditures I expect the cost to be ten thousand or a little more. Hence the waiting part:( My husband is called a programmer and software designer and architect. Although he has skills as a statistian and mechanic as well! Thx for asking! I expect the process to last (in building) for maybe two years. We can do it in the garage if we do it right! I am just wishing someone would donate a gas chromatography machine or a JET REMPI machine right about now, cuz I am itching to run some experiments!

Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

11 17 05

And oh, I am an aspiring scientist trying to finish up my schooling now. That is another story for another post if I get around to it:)

mj said...

What kind of projects would you work on? I'm not a scientist, so I can't deduce what kind of work you want to do.

Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

11 18 05

Oh MJ: many projects but they mostly might center around building electronic devices and designing them. A practical example is designing a security system for our home. This is a project that we have been collecting info for, but we need more electronic components to make it work....And there is the chemistry aspect. I like to garden and I have tons of aloe vera. If I got a JET REMPII or gas chromatography machine, I could analyze the constituents of many of my plants and extract the good stuff! Although I love physics, I need to bone up on chemical processes...OK I have ranted. Thx for asking:)

mj said...

Wow, that's cool. Way beyond what I even conceive of doing.