Caption Contest: What are These Things at Washington and Portland?

Not sure what these are. They appear to be street furniture.

In moments like this, it’s best to turn to the knowledgable community for expert guidance.

Thank you in advance for your invaluable contribution to streetscape awareness.

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11 Responses to Caption Contest: What are These Things at Washington and Portland?

  1. Matt Steele
    Matthew Steele April 27, 2016 at 12:26 pm #

    Streetscape Staples
    (Just wait until you see the size of the Streetscape Staple Remover)

  2. Sean Hayford Oleary
    Sean Hayford Oleary April 27, 2016 at 12:27 pm #

    I’ve seen these before. I assumed they were bike racks, designed by somebody with an excellent sense of aesthetics, but who has never actually locked a bike to anything.

    • Bill Lindeke
      Bill Lindeke April 27, 2016 at 12:48 pm #

      Yikes. You’d have to be even more useless than David Byrne or the St. Paul Central Library bike rack designers for that!

  3. Paula April 27, 2016 at 12:40 pm #

    platforms for 3 card monte, bring back street life one hustle at a time

  4. Eric Anondson
    Eric Anondson April 27, 2016 at 12:47 pm #

    Artsy future vandalism platform?

  5. Jeff Adams April 27, 2016 at 12:57 pm #

    Butt rack. Too high to sit on, too uncomfortable to lay on

  6. Jeff Christenson April 27, 2016 at 1:03 pm #

    Those are brackets for hanging roman shades . . .across the sidewalk.

  7. Janelle Nivens
    Janelle Nivens April 27, 2016 at 1:32 pm #

    Giant photo stands. They are getting ready for a public art installation featuring beautiful photographs by local artists.

    • NiMo April 27, 2016 at 11:39 pm #


  8. Jonathan Lord April 28, 2016 at 9:55 am #

    Anyone asked Minneapolis 311, or public works?

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