9.3.12

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Sidewalk Rating: Euphoric 

As in all colonial cities, there were two towns within this one: the white town--and the other. And in the white town there were still other differences. The periphery of the white town was known as the Haut-Quartier--the upper district, comprising villas and apartment buildings. It was the largest and airiest part of the city and was where the secular and official power had their palaces. The more basic power--the financial--had its palaces in the center of the town, where, crowded in from all sides by the mass of the city, buildings sprang up, each year higher and higher. The financiers were the true priests of this Mecca.






[A slapdash beg button on a temporary stoplight on University Avenue.]


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It was designed for 250,000 people over 60,000 acres (24,000 ha). In the plan, only 1/6 of the area would be paved, the remainder would be open space: parks, wilderness, and farms. The plan called for the MXC to be partially enclosed by a geodesic dome. It would contain a branch of the University of Minnesota and 3M Corporation.

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But regulators say that 95 to 112 deaths and as many as 8,374 injuries could be avoided each year by eliminating the wide blind spot behind a vehicle. Government statistics indicate 228 people -- 44 percent of whom are under age 5 -- die every year in back-over accidents involving passenger vehicles. About 17,000 people a year are injured in such accidents.

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