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Oregon Cargo Café Trend

Traditionally, cargo containers were built for transporting goods from place to place via truck, train, ship, and plane. They might be exposed to the elements or stacked roughly by cranes, and their freight tossed around indiscriminately. So Oregon shipping containers were built to last with extreme durability to weather and external conditions. Some even have a moisture barrier or temperature control.

These self-contained boxes, despite the high quality of their construction, might be left sitting in a freight yard or on empty land. But then came a brilliant idea to recycle and reuse the containers for more than cargo.

Modern Uses for Cargo Containers

Depending on the size, qualities, and state of the container, pioneering individuals have invested in shipping containers to be utilized in a variety of tasks. One attractive option revolved around the idea of a tiny home. You could mostly live in the space of one of these boxes, whether you altered it for modern conveniences like plumbing and windows or just allowed it to exist as a shelter.

A few other inspirational ideas were to turn the cargo containers into greenhouses, sheds, storage barns, and even cafes!

The Cargo Cafe Trend

The trend of turning a cargo container into a cafe began in the last decade. As opposed to a minimalistic home, cargo cafes thrive on unique alterations to that city port vibe. From extreme kitchens with thousands of dollars in cafe equipment to a trendy paint job, the individuality of the cargo cafe is key to its success.

Patrons enjoy coffee (and sometimes other refreshments) in the world’s smallest cafes, usually only a few hundred square feet. In fact, these attractions are such hotspots for tourists that there might be a line several city blocks in length to wait for a table in the limited space.

In response to the cargo cafe, a community of cargo cafe enthusiasts developed. Some of these communities run cafes throughout the country and world. Others plan vacations around visiting the most well-known cargo cafes. It has become a goal for those in the community to mark every cargo cafe off of their list!

The Future of Cargo Containers
What will the future hold for cargo containers? Ingenuitive and creative minds around the world are inventing new uses for these industrial boxes. There’s talk about full, several-story office buildings being made from smaller cargo pods. Right now, the options are limitless. And as long as shippers and carriers continue to use cargo boxes for freight movement, there will continue to be boxes sitting empty, waiting to be repurposed for the next generation of world structures and tourist sites.

Parisian Bridge of Love Locks Now Features Sculptures

Paris has long been the city of love, and now bronze statues stand in testament to that passionate spirit along the Pont des Arts. Previously, the bridge had been a place in which lovers would go in tribute and good luck to their long-lasting romance. New relationships. Newlyweds. A husband and wife were celebrating 60 years of marriage. There were all kinds of stories that led lovers here, and each couple would place a lock on the chain link before throwing the key into the Seine River below.

Love Locks Lost
Each year, thousands would flock to this tourist site and local attraction to glimpse the physical manifestation of romantic vows over the decades. There weren’t just hundreds of locks; there were thousands – 700,000 to be exact. Some residents believed the locks to be clutter on an otherwise breathtaking view. Others wondered how the decay of the keys in the river below might be polluting the water.

The city of Paris deliberated over these concerns, meanwhile, the weight of the locks had caused a portion of the bridge’s rail to collapse into the river. Finally, the locks were deemed potentially unsafe, and the city removes them. The chain link sides were replaced by clear plexiglass to prevent further additions from lovestruck guests.

Parisian Bridge of Culture and Art
The locks were a touching way for visiting lovers to immortalize their relationship in the City of Love. With the locks gone and the fence removed, there were outcries that Paris had removed one of the most romantic sites in the world. What would couples do now without that time-honored Parisian ritual?

Instead of leaving the bridge barren, Paris stepped up to maintain the views of the Seine while also creating a new site worthy of visitation. The big addition came from the local Parisian artist, Daniel Hourdé. The bridge is now an outdoor exhibition of his bronze sculptures, entitled “The Enchanted Footbridge.”

Altogether, there are seven pedestals, eight statues, and ten reflective metal trees. The art is a new installment in Paris history and culture, though the interpretation of the bronze statues is up to the viewer.

The Future of the Enchanted Footbridge
Paris hopes that the newly restored views and artistic environment will not only be a place for visiting lovers but also inspire future artists, surrounding them in real Parisian beauty.