As repairs progress, Mpls. residents newly appreciate their water

  • Article by: STEVE BRANDT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 8, 2013 - 10:47 AM

Work is "coming down the home stretch" on water main that broke last Thursday, leading to a 14-million-gallon spill.

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joe_mnJan. 7, 1311:54 AM

They had a 36" main line in 1890? Who knew they needed such capacity back than? Did they have sidewalks in 1890 or was downtown just dirt roads?

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dtmonkeyboyJan. 7, 13 3:59 PM

They used a lot of water in the 1890's for power. In fact their is an Industrial elevator in a building in Elliot Park that is raised an lowered using water preasure. It dates back to the turn of the century. The city did have sidewalks downtown, but many of the streets were brick or dirt (until cars).

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norshorejJan. 7, 13 6:54 PM

Thanks dtmonkeyboy. Informative.

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aj11917Jan. 8, 1310:30 AM

City planners back in 1890's were visionaries. Today, they only look to fix or patch things instead of looking out for the next 100+ years. Same thing with bridges. The Plymouth Ave bridge was over 100 years old and replaced with a bridge that will not last a fraction of that.

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MellersJan. 8, 1310:57 AM

From my ignorant point of view, I imagine the first of anything will be built well, to last, highly engineered. But with modern thinking, planning and costs, band-aid approaches are more the norm. We don't plan for 100 years anymore.

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dtmonkeyboyJan. 8, 13 9:53 PM

Although we should not leave a future generation a financial debt, it is also not cool to leave them an infrastructure deficit. Our founders were trying to build a country and city that would last...that's why our older civic buildings are so ornate...unfortunately too many today want all the money, natural resources etc. for themselves...let the future eat cake.

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