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September 7, 2010

"Hope that something pure can last": "The Wilderness Downtown," on-the-fly web videos, and Atlantic Yards nostalgia

Atlantic Yards Report

Norman Oder takes a tragical history tour of the Atlantic Yards footprint, courtesy of indie-rock darlings Arcade Fire and Google.

The Arcade Fire and Google have teamed up to create "The Wilderness Downtown," a platform for custom web videos based on the song "We Used to Wait." The goal: provide a nifty new angle on nostalgia for your childhood home.

But it works, just as powerfully, for any place, especially any lost place, like addresses in the Atlantic Yards footprint.

Plug in an address (assuming it's in Google's Street View) and see street scenes incorporated into multiple browsers. (Use Google Chrome and close other browsers.) You can write a letter to your younger self, as per the lyrics:

But by the time we met
By the time we met the times had already changed

So I never wrote a letter
I never took my true heart I never wrote it down
So when the lights cut out
I was left standing in the wilderness downtown

Looking back at the Atlantic Yards footprint

At Prospect Heights activist Peter Krashes's suggestion, I plugged in the address for the Ward Bread Bakery. It's pretty eerie.

Ditto for Krashes's suggestion of Daniel Goldstein's building.

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Posted by eric at September 7, 2010 10:21 AM