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Re-purposing Discarded Subway Cars As Artificial Homes

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by Nicholas Brown last modified Aug 22, 2013

Since 2001, old subway rail cars have been re-purposed as artificial reefs by placing them in waters. Whether on land or at sea, if an old piece of equipment with space in it is left unattended for a long enough time, animals — and sometimes plants — tend to take it over. Of course, spiders The post Re-purposing Discarded Subway Cars As Artificial Homes appeared first on Green Building Elements .




 

 

Since 2001, old subway rail cars have been re-purposed as artificial reefs by placing them in waters.

Spider. Apart from helping with mosquitoes, spiders are among the quickest to “re-purpose”/take over enclosed spaces, even a box.
Image Credit: jeans_Photos.

Whether on land or at sea, if an old piece of equipment with space in it is left unattended for a long enough time, animals — and sometimes plants — tend to take it over. Of course, spiders have dibs on it first! They will create webs inside if it is on land.

Along will come the lizards, rats, maybe birds, and so on with their nests.

The concept of re-purposing old equipment in general has become more important (although people should have done it to the best of their ability from day one) as the world’s population has grown significantly over the past century.

According to Untappedcities.com, “In 2000, NYC Transit decided to phase out the entire Redbird line of subway cars. Previously, when individual or small groups of cars were retired, they would be dismantled and their parts would be sold off. This wasn’t possible with so many cars at once, and so, artificial reefs began to emerge in the waters of Delaware, New Jersey, Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina, and Maryland. New York cleaned the cars, and then gave them to the other states for free. After years on the sea floor, the cars would rust and degrade, eventually becoming part of the sea floor.”

Source: Untappedcities.com

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