Wouldn’t it be cool to visit a major city and go underground for entertainment? Abandoned subways are not just for squatters and bums anymore. According to Adam Clark Estes of Gizmodo, he writes that a proposal for reconstruction has emerged in Paris by budding politician, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet. NKM, as the politician is known in the community, has been working with Parisian architect Manal Rachdi, and urban planner Nicolas Laisné, to make tentative blueprints for transforming these spaces into more than just nightclubs and bars, but also state-of-the-art swimming pools, auditoriums, art deco theaters and sheik restaurants.
The plan to renovate unused subways is not a new one. As the article suggests, NYC patrons have been partying in underground subways for quite some time. In Sweden, there have been similar proposals to turn an abandoned bridge into an outdoor cinema and art gallery. These ideas have been out there for a while, but besides the raves that inhabit NYC’s subways, there hasn’t been anything quite like these concept plans for subways in Paris.
The discovery of this news made me wonder if other people would find this appealing,and if people would actually go to an underground venue to party, dine, exercise or see an art exhibition. I decided to ask a long-time bartender, David Deeth, what he thinks. Deeth stated that having had marketing experience, the first thing he would think about is how people would be initially attracted to go downstairs to what used to be a subway stop. He continued by saying that it would be difficult to dress up the entryway to entice people to enter even if the venue is state of the art. He said it would be interesting to see if all types of people would give this a chance instead of the normal party-goers. Well, all I can say is that I would check it out. I responded to Deeth that people are always looking for the newest trend in NYC, and this would, of course, generate a big buzz if done correctly. What do you guys out there think of this concept? Post your comments if interested.