Why does it take so long to mend an escalator?

Here is a fascinating article from the London Review of Books about escalators, how they work, and why they are so hard to repair.


Ken's picture
Ken on April 28, 2003 - 04:28 Permalink

I favor the stairs. Slap whatever sociological microscope you want on that.

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Nakashima Tadashi on April 28, 2003 - 04:36 Permalink


Let us get rid of nuclear weapons. And while we’re at it, let’s tear down the nuclear reactors. Let’s remove escalators and automatic doors. Let’s drastically reduce the numbers of jets and automobiles. Let’s give up traveling abroad (and that goes for trips within the country as well — being one with the land also
means that we remain stationary). Let’s cancel the construction of airports. Stop using moving walkways and walk with your legs instead. Stop using pulp to make idiotic comic books, handbills, and wrapping paper. Let’s stop the manufacture of cigarettes, detergents, and food additives. Let’s stop taking so much medicine. Reduce further the amounts of agricultural chemicals and chemical fertilizers. Let’s stop building so many roads.
Let’s leave the seashore in its natural state. In order to shrink the cities let’s send the extra labor to the farms. Let’s promote the redistribution and further division of land. Let’s all work hard for the production of food that isn’t poisoned. Weed the fields and gardens by hand, and return compost to the soil.

Alan's picture
Alan on April 28, 2003 - 13:13 Permalink

You first.

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LAURNA on March 7, 2004 - 22:11 Permalink

ya go escalators!!!!