Hey Chuck, go ahead with your darkroom. You'll get at the very least 10 years out of it.
But can the tail wag the dog? Yes I believe so.
I'd love to know what the annual spend on film/paper/chemicals for each member of APUG. I'd guess its between $250 - $500 on average. If its say $400, then thats almost $3.5 million we spend.
Now if APUG members were really concerned about the future, they would be talking to every APs they know, getting them to join in. It shouldnt be too difficult to grow the membership to 40-50,000 making a hell of a pressure group with a big annual budget.
You might even see APUG branded film yet, anything is possible if people want it to happen.