06:19:35 AM May 29th 2013
This seems more like Trivia to me. Why is What Could Have Been Trivia and this is not?
11:30:07 AM Mar 5th 2013
The programming joke isn't funny, and most people won't get it anyway. Do we really need it there?
01:24:02 PM Nov 19th 2012
Removed most of the discussion of Real Life architecture, which seems rather tangential to this trope and this wiki:
- So-called "Junk DNA", more properly known as Noncoding DNA, was initially believed to be non-functional remnants of ancestral genes. However it has been shown that many non-coding DNA segments actually help regulate other genes and most Biology teachers teach that there is no such thing as "junk DNA".
- Disney Theme Parks contain many remnants of attractions that were never finished, such as the dragon-shaped rock and castle bridge intended for Beastly Kingdom, and the ravens in the Haunted Mansion that were supposed to be the narrator.
- "Ramps to nowhere" are bridges or highway ramps that dead-end in midair, intended for aborted freeway projects. For example, the ramps of the cancelled R.H. Thomson Expressway near Seattle's Washington Arboretum, and until 1990, the I-5 / I-90 interchange. SR-520 ended in a similar fashion for several years. The Alaskan Way viaduct also had dummy ramps that were meant to connect with I-90; that part of the viaduct was demolished in 2011.
- Another example of this is the Korean War Veterans Parkway in Staten Island, New York, where it was supposed to connect to the Staten Island Expressway on another part of the island. Due to protests from residents and environmentalists, the construction projected was canceled and the parkway ends at a dead end with grass growing over the unfinished portions of the road, directing traffic to the side streets as drivers reach the highway's end.
- Interstate 180 is a 13 mile offshoot of I-80 leading to the tiny town of Hennepin, Illinois, originally built so a steel plant there could have easy Interstate access. Unfortunately, the plant went out of business almost as soon as 180 was completed. 180 still stands, and is one of the least travelled pieces of Interstate in America... and in a fit of circular logic, this has been used as justification to scuttle a proposed extension to the more metropolitan Peoria, where an on-ramp and section of Interstate-grade highway meant to connect with it instead dead-end in the middle of a field.
- Also in Illinois is the Amstutz Expressway, a 2.9 mile four-lane highway which is known as the road-to-nowhere. The Amstutz was originally planned as a connecting route for the downtown area of Waukegan, but the critical link between the neighboring village of North Chicago was never built, and the factories the expressway was designed to serve have since closed. Fewer then 15,000 vehicles use this route as a result, because it's used so little, the Amstutz is often used for filming in movies such as Batman Begins, Blues Brothers, Groundhog Day, and The Ice Harvest.
- Ditto for Interstate 170 (US 40) in Maryland. The ghost ramps were scheduled for demolition in summer 2011.
- Then there's the ghost ramps of I-275 in Florida.
- There's a double example southwest of Ann Arbor, Michigan, resulting from two expressways that were planned but never built. One would have run along the path of M-52, which to this day still has an extra-wide right-of-way to accomodate the extra carriageway of an expressway. The other would've run closely to US-12 (which was US-112 at the time), but it was pretty much scuttled once I-94 was built only a few miles north. Despite the changes in plans, there is still visible grading for what would've been a cloverleaf exit between the M-52 and US-112 expressways.
- Some examples from the Netherlands:
- There's a 30+ km long 2-lane road between the Dutch cities of Haarlem and Leiden that was originally planned as a 4-lane road (40 years ago). The bodies of sand for the 4 lanes are present, and despite being only a 2-lane road, this stretch is raised, with bridges and onramps like a highway, unlike most Dutch 2-lane roads and many 4-lane roads which have traffic lights at intersections. At the north end, near Haarlem, there's a curious turn in the road, and you can see the body of sand continuing ahead for a little while (but not too far, because the north stretch of the road is blocked by other developments)
- Likewise, between Delft and Rotterdam there is a huge undocumented park that was originally planned to be a highway. It will finally be created after nearly 50 years of discussion...
- If you look at the outskirts of the national airport Schiphol on satellite pictures (Google Maps) you can spot the remnants of a never created road stretching along the southern edge westwards right through the city of Hoofddorp. The only true proof that you can see on the ground is a rail bridge crossing the non-existing road, some obvious gaps in dykes, and a ditch.
- The exit for Gateway Boulevard off of California State Highway 24 between Orinda and the Caldecott Tunnel for years (until the construction of the Bruns Amphitheater) seemed to be an exit to nowhere. It was originally intended to be a major interchange for the never-constructed State Highway 93, which was to connect with the also never completed State Highway 77. Currently, the exit has been renamed Wilder Road and some (different) development is resuming in the area.
- Stephenson Road in Perth, Australia is a 4 lane, 1km stretch of road originally intended to be part of a much longer highway - the other part of Stephenson Road can be found considerably further south. The likelihood of this highway being completed now is slim - a wetland that the road would pass through has now been restored and houses abut the road reserve (which is still clear).
- Like freeways, subways also contain many areas that were never finished or decommissioned early on, for example, the easternmost part of Aldwych Station.
- Kymlinge station on the Stockholm Metro is another one. The area was supposed to be developed into a suburb, but such plans were eventually scrapped. By then, planning of the line the station was on was already well under way, and the station was built but left intentionally unfinished and unopened. There are also stories about the station being haunted.
- The New York Subway has plenty of these as well. Perhaps the most infamous example is the Second Avenue Subway in Manhattan. This was intended to be a replacement for the soon-to-be-demolished Third Avenue Elevated line, but it's fifty years since the El was removed and there's nothing built yet but a few unused tunnels, one of which was rented out for a wine cellar. There are also tunnel headings, unused station shells, and in one case an entire stub line (now used for the Transit Museum) which had been intended for the never-built IND Second System.
- In the Rio de Janeiro subway system there's an underground semi-made station between two active ones which is very visible as a gigantic cave for whoever goes through that route. It also had a planned elevated station that was never built, which results in an enormous way of about 1.2 miles between two stations.
- There was originally going to be one through Cincinnati. The project was scrapped, but several tunnels were constructed before hand. One is visible near the Norwood lateral on ramp. It's blocked by a three story tall slat fence. That wasn't always the case. There were no tracks, but the tunnel was finished and the atmosphere just screams get out. Even during the day.
- Lougheed Town Center station of Vancouver's SkyTrain had a third platform and a series of switching tracks built for the Evergreen line.
- MIT's Building 9 originally had a corridor that connected to Building 7, but when the Rotch Library was added on to Building 7, it took up that space and the connection had to be removed. This resulted in Building 9 having a corridor which has a short flight of stairs leading to nothing but a dead end. In 1998, some clever anonymous hackers put a mural there of a painted tunnel with Wile E. Coyote smashed into it, and it's been there ever since.
- Seattle's Ballard Bridge has a pair of fenced-off stairways to nowhere on its south end, near the Fisherman's Terminal. It is unknown whether they were actually used for anything.
- Seen frequently in shopping malls, which often cover up vacant storefronts with temporary walls. This is more obvious when a department store vacates a mall, often resulting in a hallway that abruptly dead-ends in a wall. In some cases, the vacant anchor is even torn down, creating a more glaring vacancy.
- Other times, a hallway is intended to end in an anchor store which is never built in the first place. For example, Kyova Mall in Ashland, Kentucky was supposed to have six anchor stores, but two were never built and to this day, the mall has two hallways which lead only to grassy fields.
- In extreme cases, an entire wing is walled off so that the public cannot access it.
- The 501-503 Construction Project in Russia. This was intended to be a railroad from North Urals to Igarka near Yenisei's mouth. A part of this railroad was built in Stalin's times using gulag inmate labor, but work stopped when Stalin died. For several decades the rails just sat there in the tundra, unused. Then part of the railroad was disassembled, and part reclaimed by Gazprom and repaired back into use. But most of the 501-503 still sit there and rust.
- An earlier iPod touch model had room for the yet-to-be-included camera.
- Work had already started on a new shopping centre in Bradford, England when the recession hit. A large chunk of the city had already been demolished and the foundations had been dug when the money ran out and the work halted. The site has been fenced off to the public and has been known as Bradford's big hole ever since.
- Likewise with Bloomfield Park, a partially-built shopping mall in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (suburb of Detroit). It got stopped short due to some legal wrangling.
- Also, Kendall Town Center in Miami was supposed to be a mixed-use property consisting of a mall and apartments. It was put on indefinite hold after the financially-strapped developer merged with another company, but there are still occasional rumblings of the vacant site coming to life.
- Thailand has a large number of unfinished "ghost buildings"; monuments to the late 1990's Asian financial crash.
- Greece apparently a property tax loophole where you don't need to pay it if your house is under construction. This means that there are whole neighborhoods of houses that are in an "incomplete" state (half-finished extension of the kitchen, a room with no roof, house with no west wall etc.) so their occupants don't pay the property taxes.
02:53:44 PM Jul 29th 2012
For Jedi Academy, the dummied out dual-wielding/double-bladed lightsabers are available through a game mod. The multiplayer version of Taspir, although unfinished, was released in moddable form and has been 'finished off' by several people, the best probably being http://jediknight3.filefront.com/file/Taspir_Power_Complex_V3;91395
04:13:41 PM Aug 24th 2010
Is the Oracle of Ages/Seasons thing even an example of this? I don't think there was really any remnants of this supposed third game left behind in the existing two— which doesn't mean it didn't exist, it just means it doesn't qualify as "dummied out". Everyone okay with deleting this one?
06:03:24 AM Jul 13th 2010
The Regi dolls in the US/Pal Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire are dummied out. In the Japanese version, you can get them by using a E-Reader.