The first UK Wired Conference had a test lab, where an independent curator selected technology that showcased radical technology advancements and their impact on society, such as the ability to design and "print" real world objects using 3D printers (such as a fully working violin) or the ability to model and represent accurate interactive medical and molecular models in Stereoscopic 3D.Emphasis mine. My first thought was how close are we to being able to print famous works of art, such as statues and other sculptures, for their own use? Yeah, yeah, you can already buy replicas at gift shops and online, but imagine being able to print an exact scale replica of Michelangelo's David or the Elgin Marbles or some piece of three dimensional modern art, all of it in such detail as to make it look indistinguishable from the real thing? Obviously, given the size of 3D printers, some assembly would be required. Just some, however.
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Staunton leaders are planning to turn the old Western State Hospital into an economic hub. It will have stores, homes, and businesses, which will make up the 'Staunton Crossing'.At the same time, there's some opposition to it from the group representing "independent downtown businesses" and what I can only assume to be old people. Look, if you're business can handle competition from a business that's on the opposite end of town, then maybe you're business isn't that great. Harsh, I know, but that's capitalism, folks, and we live in a capitalistic economic system. Like seriously, the old Western State complex is on like the edge of town and far, far away from downtown. And I mean, it's not like businesses downtown are making bank anyways. How many stores and restaurants have gone belly up since 2010, when my parents and I moved here from Harrisonburg? Hmm? Anybody? Bueller? Bueller?
There are a lot of different opinions in Staunton about how this property should be developed, but before anything can be built, the city said these old hospital buildings must be torn down. The city of Staunton has set aside $5 million in the latest draft of its capital improvement plan, to get this property ready for developers.
"Over the next several years we put in a plan to demolish the old Western State Hospital buildings; grading, excavation to level out some of the site areas, as well as some water and sewer infrastructure needs," said Staunton city chief financial officer, Jeanne Colvin.
There are varying opinions on what should replace the old Western State Hospital.
"I think that Staunton needs more restaurants," said Staunton neighbor Karen Sheehan. "Waynesboro has quite a few, so I think we need to step up and have more restaurants and retail stores."