Lego and economic development

Lego building blocks and economic history. Two of my favourite things. Yes. I know I need professional help, thanks. Glancing through Stanford magazine, I came across an article on the SEE Science Center, where you can find a reconstruction of a late nineteenth century millyard: the Amoskeag Millyard of Bedford, New Hampshire.

The millyard itself was quite impressive, with mile upon mile of mill buildings, canals, railway spurs and tens of thousands of workers.

The display, built of millions of Lego building blocks and housing thousands of Lego workers, seems to make an equal impression.

There's even a YouTube video of the train that circles the display.

Of course, mills were often horrible and depressing places to work, with long hours, relatively low pay and a significant possibility of workplace injury.

Today, many small towns with a proud industrial heritage are re-purposing these mill buildings, encouraging loft developments, craftsman industries and incubating web businesses.

Lego and yuppies. Isn't progress wonderful?

[tags] Lego, New Hampshire, Amoskeag Millyard [/tags]