It is too late

T-cardBoston has a great public underground train system. London does too. Chicago has its wonderful “L” train network (with a horrible website). San Francisco has the BART.

Denver has two light rail lines. They would love to expand to a third line. The current economy will not allow such expansion. Solution? Go back 50 years. At that point in time, they could have done it. But then Denver was a sleepy western town with no thought of miles of tract homes.

Takeaway? Plan for the future. (Note to self.)


Build it to last

no-longevitySo, I’m in this conference center. Well, at least the second floor was a conference center. Anyhow, one wall along the entrance consisted of several backlit photographs of famous site around the city of Boston.

Problem: all were faded. That tarnished my impression of an otherwise nice facility. Solution: simply painting the plexiglass panels a neutral color and putting small framed prints in the center of each panel would look much better at a fraction of the cost of getting new photographic panels.

The interior designer may not have known how quickly the panels would fade. Or the panels might have been there for ten years. In either case, putting them there without knowing the colors’ shelf life – or planning for their replacement – was a mistake.

Takeaway: How are you building that project to last? Or how are you planning for its replacement?