Many small Midwestern towns have historic but derelict train stations on long unused rail lines. The station and tracks tend to be poorly located in the towns because the commercial centers have moved since the stations were originally built. Today, if they exist at all, the old depots are disconnected urban fragments.
This proposal, conceived of and designed by James B Guthrie, AIA of the Miletus Group, illustrates how they can be transformed to become assets that weave a town back together.
In this design, the historic train station is relocated, placed alongside a second set of abandoned tracks in a central location next to Main Street. The restored depot becomes a gateway to the town and the central business district. The station houses retail shops, a cafe and a railroad and history museum. Restored rolling stock is placed on the tracks next to the station as part of the new train museum. The old rail lines and railroad right-of-way become a linear park, pedestrian and bike trail that connects to similar trails in the region. The station serves as a trail head.
I made these renderings with James to illustrate the possibilities of this concept:
.connecting currently fragmented parts of the town Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2014 Steve Wallet
.connecting the town to its history
.creating a gateway to the town
.creating a center for community activity with the permanent shops and museum as well as events such as farmers’ markets and performances.
Just for fun, and to prove to myself that I can make a cartoon about ANYTHING, I made these cartoons about us changing our clocks yesterday. This is something we do twice a year, ahead an hour in spring when we go on Daylight Savings Time, and back an hour in the fall when we go back to regular time. No one seems to know why we do this. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2014 Steve Wallet
It’s my annual Halloween cartoon extravaganza!
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In our feature cartoon Lisa tries on various costumes before hitting on the perfect one.
Bromeliads , mentioned in the first cartoon panel, are one of Lisa’s favorite plants.
In the background is my first attempt at wallpaper – a detail is below the cartoon. It is appropriately Halloween themed, an endlessly repeating pattern of Halloween doodles.
In the second cartoon Our Cat, who is not quite clear on the concept of Halloween, tries his hand at trick-or-treating – with mixed results.
Happy Halloween to all! Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2014 Steve Wallet
A gift for us…
All together now “Happy Birthday dear George…” Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2014 Steve Wallet
In between the silver anniversary (25 years) and the gold (50 years) comes the mini-comic anniversary at 32 years.
And in between photos of the assembled mini are its pages laid flat. Reading left to right then top to botttom are:
.the cover at the upper left,
.the two page center spread in between the interior pages at the upper right
.the back cover at the lower right with Our Cat chewing on my copyright
I also made a cartoon card, showing us stacking up all the wonderful years, while Our Cat tries to keep it all from falling over.
Happy Anniversary Lisa!!!! Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2014 Steve Wallet