In many cities, particularly older coastal cities where neighborhoods are separated by difficult-to-navigate escarpments, lifts serve much the same function as subways, light-rail and buses: They’re used to move large numbers of people from point A to point B. While often viewed as a shortcut (and a welcome alternative to daunting hillside staircases), the elevator as a mode of public transit is quick, efficient and smart. Of course, opting to take the stairs or walk the long way around is the better-for-you option. [caption id="attachment_8183" align="aligncenter" width="800"] The Santa Justa Lift as it appeared in 1907 prior to the conversion to electric power. From Wikipedia[/caption]
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