Friday Photo – More Roads Please

Two old brick apartment buildings face each other across the 35W trench North of Franklin Ave:

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I happen to know two friends whose respective apartments in these buildings face one another. So close are these buildings, that when one of them ran out of eggs in the morning, he just texted the other, who tossed him a fresh egg across the road. These guys are really close friends – figuratively and literally.

But there’s a problem. When one friend wants to do the normal thing of driving to the other friend’s apartment to hang out, there aren’t enough freeways to get there easily.

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It’s sad how they live so close, yet visiting is a challenge due to an insufficient amount of roads and lanes.

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4 Responses to Friday Photo – More Roads Please

  1. Matt Steele December 19, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    Ah, that’s the famous apartment building on 5th Ave S. where the only street entrance is actually an entrance to a freeway.

    That large lot just to the north has had a for sale sign for years! https://goo.gl/maps/OinAQ The reason must obviously be a lack of good road access.

  2. Alex Porter December 19, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    Okay, but all of the parking (street and lot) for the building on the east side of 35W is actually on 19th Street, which means people who actually would make such a trip could just use surface streets (namely, 19th, Portland, Franklin, and 4th), resulting in a trip of less than half a mile.

    Not that there would be much point in driving… it’s a 5-minute walk.

    • Froggie December 21, 2014 at 10:57 am #

      That may be true, but it goes against the grain of what the author is trying to portray here.

    • Wayne December 22, 2014 at 10:04 am #

      But a thoroughly unpleasant walk!

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