Sand Architecture Robot!
Trying to find some obvious topographical reasons for this, it seems th eonly areas of intense green happen along the coasts. Sunshine and the beach is your only path to happiness people.
Infographic of the Day: A joint team of researchers from Northeastern and Harvard have compiled a nifty visualization reflecting the ever-changing mood of Americans by state over the course of a given day based on the tweets they send out.
Not only did they analyze the sentiments we collectively expressed in 300 million tweets over three years against a scholarly word list; these researchers also mashed up that data with information from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Google Maps API and more. What they ended up with was a fascinating visualization showing the pulse of our nation, our very moods as they fluctuate over time.
Props to NY for having a perpetual sourpuss.
Stayed at the Chelsea Hotel in Atlantic City last Saturday. The Chelsea was created by Cape Advisors, a hotel development group with an impressive slate of properties in their portfolio. My friend Alex consulted with them on the project and my old company pitched on the identity work (but didn’t win), so I was curious to check out the hotel for myself.
Overall I was impressed. If anything this hotel was a testament to what some fresh interior design, new management and new attitude can do for an old property. They took the same shell of an old rundown property on the boardwalk and gave it an interior face-lift. You could see the remnants of the past in some places (hallways and valet area), but all the obvious spots were fresh. The room was nice, the lobby and public areas had warm design, and we had a great meal at Chelsea Prime, the steakhouse on the 5th floor. The staff was friendly and the music and scene throughout the weekend was fairly lively considering it was Winter season, generally not a busy time for AC.
The one surprise to me was the fact that they didn’t put in a new pool. There is no casino at the hotel and so they are left to market the hotel with a boutique spa and luxury positioning. Looking down from our room at the pool I was kinda of shocked to see an old, cracked, discolored pool shell that went a long way to dilute the hi-end feel of the experience. They had gone half-way to making it nice with some new decking and seating but it still looked very janky. With that being one of the biggest selling points in the Summer, perhaps they’ll redo that before next years beach season.
The rooms were not cheap but not outrageous either and I’m curious to see if the prices drop a bit over time. The biggest hurdle they have is the town of Atlantic City itself. They have a long way to go to rejuvenate that place (a whole post in itself) but investment from companies like Cape Advisors is a good start.