Garaventa Mystery in Mobile, Alabama

During a recent trip down Airport Boulevard in Mobile, Alabama, where Elevator World, Inc., has its global headquarters, the Editorial staff spotted a familiar name on a pair of work trucks parked in a strip mall near a Whole Foods: Garaventa, the global accessibility-lift specialist that has been known in the industry for decades. Since the vehicles were outfitted with personalized “Lifts” tags from the Alabama capital of Montgomery, we now know the company has a location here. Further research revealed Garaventa Lift Alabama is a factory-owned branch operated out of Prattville, Alabama, just outside of Montgomery. We are curious as to what the technicians were working on in Mobile. If you know, please let US know!! Was it lifts for Whole Foods, another retailer, or an upscale home in one of the nearby neighborhoods? We would love to know!!

These Garaventa work trucks were spotted on a parking lot on Airport Boulevard in Mobile on June 14.


The Breathtaking, “Bladerunner” Bradbury Elevator and More from Los Angeles

A friend of ELEVATOR WORLD recently spent the holidays in L.A., and, while there, captured a few pretty neat vertical-transportation installations she shared with us. Below are the breathtaking elevator in the five-story central court of the historic Bradbury Building, featured prominently in the 1980s classic sci-fi movie Bladerunner, the panoramic, round Mitsubishi Electric elevator in The Broad modern art museum, a sturdy-yet-stylish accessibility elevator in the Metro and Angel’s Flight, a landmark 2 ft., 6 in. narrow gauge funicular railway in the Bunker Hill district of downtown.

“B” Leads to Bones: Elevator Vandal Earns Praise in Seattle

Elevator vandalism can be both funny and informative, so says Rich Smith on Slog, the blog for the Seattle alternative weekly newspaper The Stranger. In a recent entry titled “Bless This Light Rail Angel for Helpfully Vandalizing the Elevators in the Capitol Hill Station,” Smith thanks the person who took poor signage in the “labyrinthine underworld” otherwise known as the Seattle light-rail transit system into his or her own hands by making DIY labels for the formerly cryptic elevator buttons. Riders such as Smith now know that S button takes them to the Street, M takes them to the Middle, P takes them to the Trains and B — well, the B button is labeled “?” Mr. Smith theorizes pressing that button will take you to Bones. Find out what B really stands for by reading his Slog entry.