Photo Friday: Desire Path of the Year

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Desire Path

streets.mn reader Ben Somogyi can be seen trouncing through the gaping chasm left by students’ smart feet on the grassy grave of Wesbrook Hall at the University of Minnesota.

As the picture was taken, an old man remarked to the photographer that “you think they’d know geometry at the University.”


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6 Responses to Photo Friday: Desire Path of the Year

  1. Ben May 29, 2015 at 1:15 pm #

    At a certain university in South Dakota, these are called cow paths. If the path is used enough it will get paved and made official. Efficiency in action.

  2. Noel May 29, 2015 at 2:02 pm #

    Actually, this has since been paved (maybe a month ago now).

    • Noel May 29, 2015 at 2:04 pm #

      *scratch that. There was a twin path that continued from this line behind where the photo was taken. THAT desire path has been paved. The one pictured has not. Sorry.

  3. Ethan Osten
    Ethan Osten May 29, 2015 at 6:11 pm #

    What I’ve been told is that the U left these areas grass so that they could find the natural desire paths and then pave them. That’s what happened to the path slightly to the left of the picture, which they paved about a month ago.

    • Ethan Osten
      Ethan Osten May 29, 2015 at 6:13 pm #

      (I don’t know for sure if this is true; I can’t remember where I heard it.)

  4. Chris Iverson
    Chris Iverson May 29, 2015 at 8:38 pm #

    There defs used to be a paved path near here that was diagonal, back when Westbrook was alive, flirty, thirty and thriving. I walked on it every day to that damn 8am Physics class in Tate.