30.9.11

*** Sidewalk Weekend! ***

Sidewalk Rating: Golden

The street works by day because of small office buildings, and large office buildings to east and west and finally because the double-shift use is able to support secondary diversity that has, in time, become an attraction too. The time spread of users is of course stimulating to restaurants, and here is a whole gamut: a fine Italian restaurant, a glamorous Russian restaurant, a sea-food restaurant, an espresso house, several bars, an Automat, a couple of soda fountains, a hamburger house. Between and among the restaurants you can buy rare coins, old jewelry, old or new books, very nice shoes, art supplies, remarkably elaborate hats, flowers, gourmet foods, health foods, imported chocolates. You can buy or sell thrice-work Dior dresses and last year’s minks, or rent an English sports car. 
[Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities.]

[A DIY bike light on the University of Minnesota campus.]


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2 comments:

Used Cars Twin Cities said...

Goegeous photos there of the Twin City sidewalks. Sidewalks are really the "life" of any city, no matter where you go but Twin Cities in particular. I enjoy eating outdoors and just people watching; you can see people of all walks of life walking by, people selling food and items on the street, people rushing to work, arguing, enjoying life. It really is the heart of the city.

My Wacky Friends said...

Little doubt, the dude is completely fair.