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|My introduction into the world of theaticality|
- The essays below where written with the intent of initiating dialogue on the subject, which has happened and has led to numerous other points of discussion. I may re-order these essays into separate blog postings with the appropriate links where the subjects can easily be updated. If so, you will find these links being inserted below.
- 12/10 NOTE: This statements below was included in an email discussion about the potential for the centre of Southampton to take advantage of it's Victorian remnants , as scant as they may be.
- Obviously, I have an interest in seeing the rail line become a functional asset to the community, both for the fact that I live a stone's throw away from the train station and for the sake of the programs I am trying to implement at the park. So I am and will continue to try to encourage this concept to move forward.
- By the way I've suggested this concept to the American Trolley Tours and recently noticed the Bucks County Trolley Company passing thru Southampton.
- I think that if this concept is to succeed that there ought to be discussion about renovations to the small centre section of Southampton that surrounds the Train station. By that I mean brick sidewalks and attractive victorian street lights. I think it is important to encourage the restoration of what little history remains in Southampton into a quaint village environment.
- One might consider the fact that the remaining buildings on the east side of Second Street Pike (near the train station) are ripe for an "artistic, aesthetic village setting, if the sidewalks and lighting were to be groomed. There are the remnants of a Victorian Setting and it is those remnants that need to be enhanced if Southampton is to become a desirable place for people to visit, particularly if a trolley line were to become a tourist attraction (which I most certainly think it could be).
- Clearly, all this would take a lot of effort & time to implement, but such thinking needs to be integrated into the awareness of the managers and others who can effect such changes in the environment. I already mentioned to the township manager that I thought the property behind the train station should be a park oriented towards things like a sculpture garden or other more culturally sound elements. Maybe a music shell for the orchestra.
- If such a thing was to be included then grooming the centre of town as a walking area would work well in conjunction with a train museum/trolley line to the area parks. Such a thing would create a truly unique array of circumstances with Southampton being the hub.
- In regard to that concept of the centre of Southampton being a hub- my plan, if I succeed with my project "The Gnomes of New Hope" (which I anticipate has very high income potential) I would like to buy the Old Church in the centre of Southampton and to turn it into a theatre.
- That being said, a Park behind the theatre would be a most desirable option for the use of the land, particularly if there was a music shell there.
- If it ever turns out that I generate enough money from that project I would buy both parcels and do just that, restoring the house that is currently on the property. Now obviously these are all concepts that may never be implemented, but right now they are possible. Once these parcels become cluster housing, any cultural facilities or tourist opportunities will likely be gone.
- So I put forth these ideas as a way of planting seeds which may grow into an improved cultural setting for Southampton, which in my opinion would save the community from the oblivion of the urban blight which has already practically negated any aesthetic qualities that it has had.