Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Things Are Looking Up . . . Or Down

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Whenever I lead a tour of Chicago’s architecture, I try to get the folks listening to me to carry one thing away from the experience . . . to look up while walking around a city.  We get so busy sometimes that we only concentrate on moving forward – that is when we’re not busy checking our smart phones.

But there is so much to see . . .

Take the other day, for example.  As I was walking across the river on the LaSalle Street bridge, I saw a sight that many people probably missed.  There, dangling from the 111 West Wacker Drive apartment building currently under construction in a re-design by Handel Associates, LLP, was a porta-potty being lowered to the ground.

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You have to admit, it’s something you don’t see every day.

But it makes some sense.  As I thought to myself at the time . . . it’s a lot easier to lower the dumper than to lift the pumper.

Not the best reason in the world to lift your eyes skyward while strolling through a big city, but reason enough for me.  

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2 comments:

Jill Bartholomew said...

Hahahahaha- this was a good laugh!

Roy said...

My favorite line!!
"It’s a lot easier to lower the dumper than to lift the pumper."