Industrial Revolution -vs- Technological Revolution

September 26, 2007

There is a sadness in these crashing walls. A crumbling factory that once stood for industry, progress and wealth. The Gates Rubber company was a major employer for Denver in the early 1900’s but since the manufacturing was sent overseas, the factory has been vacant for nearly two decades. However, there is also hope for rejuvination. Technological advancements have brought new opportunities to replace those that have been lost, sometimes creating a positive tranformation.

This urban space just south of downtown will be used for a public transport station and a residential area. Apart from the transport station, I still feel this historic and valuable land should be honored by becoming an entirely public space that is beneficial to all… a park, a museum, a butterfly pavilion.

One Response to “Industrial Revolution -vs- Technological Revolution”

  1. chromiumsix Says:

    When I was a kid, I remember the Gates Rubber Factory landmark. I grew up in a Littleton-based family where my biological father worked in IT, which gave me a totally post-industrial worldview. The Gates Factory stood as an icon of old-school industrialization. I thought it was so awesome that I saw the factory where the belts in our cars were (or once were) made.

    Of course, if anyone still wants the Gates Rubber experience in Denver after the factory is gone, they can still head to downtown Denver to the Gates Worldwide HQ.


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