Coasters are quietly cerebral. Apart from the screaming teens and speed, they have to be visually artistic and daunting from ten miles away as well as ten feet away--it's all part of a coaster's thrill. I imagine those factors are a huge challenge in every coaster's design, as well as all the other obvious components of physics, safety concerns and aesthetics.
Enter Disney World.
The coasters and thrill rides at Disney are mostly inside buildings. I cannot tell you how that struck me. That the Disney "imagineers" cut through so many of the exterior design challenges by simply covering the business end of the rides? I thought it was as brilliant a thing as I'd ever seen--transcendent, if you will.
I felt that same sort of awe as I compiled this story on NewBridge, Cleveland's newest alternative center of arts and technology.
Read the feature and you'll see what I mean. Disney's coasters may be a far sight away from the at-risk students of NewBridge, but the glittering impetus of approaching an old challenge in a new way tethers them in some strange way for me.
I hope with all my heart that this new Cleveland venture succeeds.
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