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The city's bumpiest street, in words and video

  • Blog Post by: James Eli Shiffer
  • July 6, 2010 - 10:04 AM

 

The street, pre-patching. (Photo by McKenna Ewen)

The street, pre-patching. (Photo by McKenna Ewen)

 

My colleague McKenna Ewen bravely taped his iPhone to the license plate of the company car to capture the full drama of driving down 33rd Avenue Southeast in Minneapolis's Como neighborhood. Only video could truly capture the essence of a street that has ceased to be a street, by most American definitions. It does ride better today, thanks to 17 tons of asphalt poured by city workers the day after our visit. The city says it's a coincidence, and indeed, one angry property owner alerted me that the week before, he had escorted a city official into the potholes to make his point.

Since we published this story, others email me with contenders for the worst pothole street. I'll let you know whether they're worth a ride. Meanwhile, if you want to know more about the city's plan for 33rd Av. SE and an adjacent sidestreet, Talmage Avenue SE, read this.

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