Photo Friday: Desire Path of the Year

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Desire Path 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.”

Nick Magrino

About Nick Magrino

Nick Magrino grew up all over the place but has lived in the Loring Park neighborhood of Minneapolis longer than anywhere else. He has a new cat, Sweater, and does not use hashtags at @nickmagrino. He is probably on a bus right now.

6 thoughts on “Photo Friday: Desire Path of the Year

  1. Ben

    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.

    1. Noel

      *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.

  2. Ethan OstenEthan Osten

    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.

    1. Ethan OstenEthan Osten

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

  3. Chris IversonChris Iverson

    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.

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