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Saturday, August 13, 2005

Empire City

Phoneblogging from Columbus, Georgia. Empire city.

The lovely Ms. Claire and I took a field trip to Columbus, Georgia over the weekend. I was anxious to show her the world-famous Lunchbox
, which is located inside of River City Antiques. The real surprise of the trip, though, was Empire City, which is being constructed in the same antique mall. I've been trying to scrounge up some information on the internet, but I haven't been having much luck. The story, as far as I can tell, is this. An autistic gentleman from Detroit has spent the last seven years putting together a scale model of...a New York-ish city. He has carefully handcrafted each skyscraper from wood, painting the windows individually. The freeway is filled with tiny cars, the harbor is filled with boats, and the city sports such details as baseball stadiums and parks. He had been building the thing in his basement, and somehow word got to the owners of the Antique Mall, who moved the man and his city, lock , stock, and barrel to beautiful Columbus, Georgia. At some point, they may charge admission, but for the time being, you can visit Empire City for free, and chat with its creator. He is currently building the largest building in the city, which will be a spiralling structure that will tower over all of the other skyscrapers.



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