Camouflage Cell Tower

I was invited to go to the Yankees/Angels game at Yankee Stadium. I’m just too exhausted to write it up now. I will tomorrow.

I brought “Clicky” the camera and went a little nuts. There are a few shots I’m pretty happy with.

Meanwhile, on our way to New York from Connecticut, we stopped at a rest area on the Hutchinson River Parkway in Westchester County. Square foot for square foot this might be the most profitable retail business in the world! Their convenience store is jam packed 24/7.

It’s what’s on the edge of the rest area that attracted me the most. There is a cell phone tower, disguised to look like a tree.

The problem is, not only doesn’t it look like a tree, it looks like a thumbed nose insult to anyone who really thought this cell tower was going to blend in with the background.

I don’t know the process that went on, but I can’t believe anyone is happy with this – not the people who thought it might spoil their view, not the company who paid for its erection.

Recently there’s been a huge clamor about a cell tower to be built near the shores of Lake George in the Adirondacks. If this is the way their tower will be ‘hidden’, I understand the tumult.

Before I sound like a radical, if given the choice between this tower, on a major highway, and having no cell service, the tower would stay.

2 thoughts on “Camouflage Cell Tower”

  1. Geoff, I go back and forth between NYC and CT all the time. My wife and I (and my dad when he’s with us) always crack up when we see that.

    I suspect that this is a classic result of compromise. “Put up a tower, but make it look natural.” It would look better as a plain old metal tower- you wouldn’t notice it anyway- it’s at a freakin’ rest stop in the middle of the Hutch!!!

    I’ve seen these elsewhere, and I still think they are more attention-drawing than a plain thin metal tower. These things are eyesores- they don’t look like trees. Ask a 3 year old!

  2. It is an odd-looking tower. I remember one of the RF guys saying he wanted to “plant a tree” in his back yard. I have another RF specialist as a neighbor, and we both would agree that “NIMBY” (not in my back yard). I’ll tell you whats worse…The church in downtown meriden that has a tower on it’s steeple. I understand that they receive a great profit for the church, but it is wide open and visible among the rooftops. On with modern progress.

    Check these sites out for a laugh :)…

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