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March 07, 2008

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Jim Best

So sorry to read that UP shut you down. I am afraid that internet coverage of urban exploring and excavation can lead to unwanted official interest. I wasted much of my youth exploring mining areas and walking rails in Central Pa. I hope you can perhaps covertly complete the walk to Sacramento.

Jim Best
Sunbury PA

sueno

this sucks big time. but it will be good for your project to show how america is boundaries within boundaries and our public space is ever shrinking til all we have left is this little window i am typing into and into which the big brothers look into and say you can't do this.

maybe you could continue your project and just post it after you are done. the trespassing charge (if they decide to to stick it to you post-completion) would be totally worth it for the fame, fun, and more you will get out completing it.

or you could work with union pacific on getting some kind of special permit or something.

Austin

Ever shrinking "public" space? How many decades has this been railroad, and consequently private property? How fast do trains operate on these tracks? Even when individuals are blatantly trespassing and get killed, the railroad usually winds up getting sued. I personally know train crew who have been involved in fatal accidents, and it is a very traumatic event for them.

Austin

Ever shrinking "public" space? How many decades has this been railroad, and consequently private property? How fast do trains operate on these tracks? Even when individuals are blatantly trespassing and get killed, the railroad usually winds up getting sued. I personally know train crew who have been involved in fatal accidents, and it is a very traumatic event for them.

Andy

Like many, I found your project via BoingBoing, and was intrigued and looking forward to your next dispatch. So, it is a bit disappointing that UP asked you to stop.
However, I will say that the officer is absolutely right. I walked out to the ghosttown of Drawbridge from Alviso on the rails. While I was taking photographs, with nothing more than a slight breeze and the ambient sounds of the south bay marshes, I was terrified to discover a UP freight train bearing down on me. Thankfully it was a few hundred feet away --ample time to jump off the rails-- but if there had only been slightly more noise, I can only imagine how easy it might have been to get hit.

Richard Ripley

This is great stuff. I just learned about it from Boing boing. I'm sorry your project was curtailed.

BTW, I used to live in Port Costa in the early 70's and I visited there a few years ago. It hasn't changed too much which is great.

Good luck with the project - whatever form it takes.

Best,

Richard Ripley

Nessie

Surprised you didn't do the stretch from San Jose North. There's a Ghost town on the marshes there called Drawbridge. It's north of Alviso. It's an island but I think you can go most of the way on the berms that divide up the salt ponds.

Frank

The project and some of the photographs reminded me of a photographic/anthropologic study I read a long while ago. I can recommend checking it out, if you can find it... it's "Good Company" by Douglas Harper. You can check out some of the pictures over here (two thirds down the page): http://www-home.cr.duq.edu/~harperd/books/books.html

Sashok

Just weeks ago I read this: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/02/03/CMMLTSV10.DTL - and was going to check out some of these places. And now via boingboing I see that you already took all the photos I was going to take. :)
Upsetting to hear you were asked to stop. Good thing the publicity didn't come earlier, so that you got quite a bit "done". I've been to Drawbridge someone mentioned earlier ( http://shorl.com/rojosagodybo ) - it was a wonderful outing, but friends attempting the same a year or so later got pretty expensive trespassing tickets before they even got to the island.
I can't "get" the people who don't "get" it how someone could find this sort of thing interesting - even if they don't share the same kind of curiosity.

TJ

A similarly interesting project would be to visit the abandoned mines in CA that are toxic and that the public is paying $$$$ to have cleaned up.

eMerly

I used to take the train from Sacramento to Bakersfield a lot. You can see a lot of amazing things from the train ride and I was always curious about the houses and backyard, the people and the objects I would see on the LONG ride down to LA.

I think your idea is brilliant and I am especially curious how other artists will use this idea to create art.

Maybe you should post a paypal link for the trespassing fine, though. ;)

Spike

Keep up the good walk.

Found you via walkers linked to my own site.

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You could continue with your project and just post when finished. the charge of violation of domicile if they decide to hit you after the conclusion would be totally worth it for the glory, pleasure, and the more out of the landfill.

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