Today's Inspirational conceptual design is meant to breathe life into the Rust Belt Region of America. To take idle or closed down mining operations be it of coal or any other mineral ore and convert it into usable real estate. Basically, reinvigorate generations of mining families not to give up their way of life entirely. Just to present it in a new light with a twist to reemploy these former miners with upgraded skill sets. What was yesterday's industry can be tomorrow's destination for something else quite different.
Ever since President Elect Trump won the presidency, not unlike the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom and the election of President "Rodrigo Duterte" of the Philippines. People want good old fashioned 1950's era leadership without all the bull shit guile we use today with governance. The time for political incorrectness as blunt straight talk is reemerging for better or for worse. The pendulum is swinging back right before our very eyes like it was in America during the 1940's to around the 1960's.
Dare I say not unlike how the Russians operate wanting security in governance for their way of life at the cost of some civil liberties. America's Rust Belt wants meat and potatoes without much of the foodie gentrified hoopla known for in the major cities. I may be wrong in my assertions however due to globalization the Rust Belt of America's former glory days of mining and manufacturing looks like an old western Ghost town. Just take a peek at Detriot, Michigan where the old west ghost town is practically a major city across parts of three counties.
This concept as a seed of an idea isn't complete but it is good enough to consider for corporations to reinvest in this Trump era of Americana revitalized. It won't help so much the ghost manufacturing sector that is mothballed across the country. It does, however, serve idle or closed down mining operations which technically this model could be exported globally to China, Africa, Russia, Europe, and South America, etc...
The railcars are part of an armada that performs a nearly constant exodus of waste from the nation’s largest city. Each day, trains and trucks carry 50,000 tons of trash from New York to huge landfills and incinerators in New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and South Carolina. (July 2005)Otherwise, the Yucca Mountain, Nevada model can be pursued which cost taxpayers $15 Billion US Dollars to construct and by a cheap ass political maneuver by Democratic Senator of Nevada "Henry Reid" mothballed this entire facility like a bridge to nowhere incident for taxpayers. To compound this tragedy by canceling this project the Federal Government is now on the hook for more than the cost of building this facility to transport and store the nuclear waste upwards to over $50 Billion US. The not in my backyard syndrome even in the middle of the desert in Nevada, except for the boondoggle to build it as a local economic stimulus package. Is a nasty swindle and reaks of fraud in my book, so excuse this 2nd rant on my end.
Here is an article from the Washington Examiner from Dec. 15th, 2016 with an excerpt.
Its failure, due to political sabotage, is both dangerous and expensive. The Yucca Mountain repository, in a deserted, uninhabitable section of Nevada, was supposed to begin taking in nuclear waste on New Year's Day 1998, so that the material would not have to be stored in communities across the nation. Nineteen years and countless scientific studies later, Yucca is just a $15 billion hole in the ground, thanks mostly to ferocious opposition from the retiring Senate Democratic leader, Harry Reid.
Every year Yucca Mountain fails to take in nuclear waste, taxpayers incur billions in additional penalties to the utilities whose waste the government is not taking as agreed upon. By one 2013 estimate, taxpayers could be on the hook for $50 billion in damages by 2020, on top of the construction costs already incurred.
I can understand if a local mining community has an affront to having a nuclear waste facility underground, but otherwise, a landfill for municipal garbage is a good alternative. The only downside is to make sure that any methane gas build up over the years is siphoned out safely. So it doesn't cause an explosion, which the methane gas can also generate local tax revenue for the community as an export commodity as a green natural gas biofuel program.
2) With the exception, I made above that this concept won't help the former manufacturing sites. However, it can offer tomorrow's 21st-century manufacturer's alternative real estate as underground. Where any generated waste as a byproduct is stored underground in a secure facility. Depending on the honeycomb size of the mine a multi-tier manufacturing can occur underground. Where any emissions are sequestered and the rest emitted via silos to the surface sorta like an underground smoke stack. The finished goods are brought to the surface via industrial elevators or a conveyer belt system.
3) A Penal Correction High-Security facility can be built underground perhaps prisoners in a futuristic Guantanamo Bay prison like the one in Cuba. As high valued targets, maybe even a notorious black site. Low-risk inmates can be given privileges to exercise topside where the rest of the population never see's the light of day literally.
4) Piggybacking onto the utilization above a high-security covert research facility or other government black site can be erected. Conspiracy theorists perhaps will speculate it as another area designation like Area 51 in Nevada.
5) A temperature controlled Server Farm can be placed underground as a suitable cooling destination as a Data Haven of sorts.
6) Believe it or not, a commercial office park can be erected underground not unlike the manufacturing idea from above. Including warehousing as a distribution center for any number of companies and/or wholesalers. Amazon and Walmart come to mind immediately as candidates.
7) Lastly is the most ambitious of all the ones listed above if you can envision it. To create an underground shopping mall and a tourist destination out of such a hardened infrastructure. For example, the Cornish British peninsula is known historically for its tin mining operations going back thousands of years ago up until the Industrial era at the turn of the last century.
There's a mining museum and former mine open to the general public known as the King Edward Mine Museum. Something similar in the Rust Belt region could be developed as a local and regional tourist attraction. However, with greater cajones to have the underground mine rehabbed to include a shopping mall, restaurants, etc...
Access to such a facility can have a surface tram go down to the first mine level near the upper ground level. From there elevators can transport shoppers, tourists, employees deeper into the mine. This is assuming there is enough of a ceiling clearance to walk upright within the mine levels. There can be horizontal escalators like the ones at an airport terminal or an amusement park to move people around effortlessly. With of course several silos with climbing ladders to the surface as an air ventilation system and for emergencies or for first responders to use as a last resort.
The mine museum can have part timer former miners give tours to the general public. Maybe miners who suffer from Black Lung from decades long coal mining that are still abled bodied to work. Teaching future generations of visitors of the triumphs and tragedies of the mining way of life.
Otherwise no matter which utilization listed above all of them will have several emergency stations on each mine level. Stocked with up to date masks with oxygen, first aid supplies, rations, equipment such as helmets and flashlights, etc...
It will be up to the local municipality to train former miners to be inspectors of the mine to insure it is structurally sound. Besides to also inspect every quarter of the year this litany of emergency stations underground much like their are inspectors for fire extinguishers. This can augment the tax base revenue from the retrofitted mines to include the inspection permitting process for the up to date emergency equipment.
This is the vision I have for the Rust Belt underground region of Americana that can be pursued earnestly. To reanimate local mining towns with their unemployed workforce and bringing in a continuity of a supply chain of logistics. That certainly may grow these old glory days for such townships into tomorrow's small cities with a new lease of life. We owe it to America to at least explore this option responsibly as a possibility to invigorate job creation and to seize such partially developed underground real estate. However, if not in America maybe this inspirational seed conceptual design is for the Russians, Chinese who are today's infrastructure hawks, the Europeans, and maybe even the Africans with Chinese built major Infrastructure.