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   City Hall: The "Blue Bridge" is due for painting, what color do you want? Citizens: Blue. City Hall: "We don't understand why people call us a boring town"

11 Dec 2012 03:34 PM   |   5426 clicks   |   MLive.com
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RodneyToady    [TotalFark]  
Da ba dee, da ba di.

11 Dec 2012 02:11 PM
the_sidewinder    [TotalFark]  
Paint it white, stick LEDs on it

11 Dec 2012 02:38 PM
oldfarthenry    [TotalFark]  
"George Bailey suicide-attempt" blue?
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`Good thing that fat angle broke my fall!'

11 Dec 2012 03:38 PM
Louisiana_Sitar_Club    [TotalFark]  
I was expecting something funny or quirky or a twist at the end or a loud exchange....anything to make it worth reading. I clicked on the link and it was an article about people deciding what color to paint a bridge. In the end, they decided to paint it blue. That was it.

11 Dec 2012 03:39 PM
Nothing To See Here     
What color is the Golden Gate bridge?



bing, your time is up, pencils down . . . International Orange



/you're welcome

11 Dec 2012 03:40 PM
ChipNASA     
DON'T PAINT IT. Let the Locals Do it.

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11 Dec 2012 03:40 PM
Tealeaf     
Might be boring to outsiders, but to locals this was a gripping drama.

11 Dec 2012 03:41 PM
Wade_Wilson     
Once a year me and some family go camping on a river in Pennsylvania. For many years this river had a shiny metallic bridge called the Silver Bridge. About ten years ago it was torn down and rebuilt out of cement.

So naturally it's still called the Silver Bridge

/csb

11 Dec 2012 03:44 PM
Jim DiGriz     
oldfarthenry: `Good thing that fat angle broke my fall!'


That's Obtuse angle, not fat!

11 Dec 2012 03:46 PM
ChipNASA     

Jim DiGriz: oldfarthenry: `Good thing that fat angle broke my fall!'


That's Obtuse angle, not fat!


I'm not fat, I'm BOG BONED!

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11 Dec 2012 03:48 PM
Jim DiGriz     
ChipNASA: I'm not fat, I'm BOG BONED!



Is that painful? It sounds painful.

11 Dec 2012 03:50 PM
Wellon Dowd     

ChipNASA: DON'T PAINT IT. Let the Locals Do it.


That works in Charlottesville. These shots are all of a single bridge.

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11 Dec 2012 03:53 PM
oldfarthenry    [TotalFark]  

Jim DiGriz: oldfarthenry: `Good thing that fat angle broke my fall!'


That's Obtuse angle, not fat!


Well, it IS a steel bridge. (Goddamned untrustworthy spell-Czech!)

11 Dec 2012 03:56 PM
Satanic_Hamster     
Built a bridge in Sommerset County NJ (DOT owned but county road). As part of the contract we had the stain all exposed concrete surfaces with a protective stain. All the stains cost the same, same application method. They had a choice of 120+ colors (every crayon in the box) PLUS metallics.

County engineer chose.... The color of concrete; gray/off pearl.

11 Dec 2012 03:58 PM
Balchinian     
Heh...it is true about Grand Rapids though. They are pretty square. Heck, up until about 15 years ago burritos were considered avant garde cuisine. There is a really good tapas place downtown now, even though most people there still don't have any idea what tapas is. And the nicer American food restaurants all have virtually identical menus. It is so freaking sad. They had the only 5-star restaurant in the state, but so few people ate there that it went out of business. Now there is a Ruths Chris in the same spot, and it is full of idiots covering their prime rib with ketchup. LOL!

The only thing that surprises me about the bridge is that the city even bothered asking what people wanted. That is not usual for them. Normally they would have just gone out and bought whatever primer was cheapest and that would be that.

11 Dec 2012 04:24 PM
Shadow Blasko     
Reminds me of the Cincy bridge debate.

"We want purple. Might as well have the whole Easter Basket downtown"

"Which shade of purple?"
"Darker than what you are probably thinking!"

Ok..

(Month later... Oh look.. Lavender. Damnit!)

11 Dec 2012 04:32 PM
the cake is a pie     

Tealeaf: Might be boring to outsiders, but to locals this was a gripping drama.


Got dyslexic for a sec and read that as dripping gramma. Not a mental picture I was expecting to get from this thread.

11 Dec 2012 04:39 PM
msrbley     

Balchinian: Heh...it is true about Grand Rapids though. They are pretty square. Heck, up until about 15 years ago burritos were considered avant garde cuisine. There is a really good tapas place downtown now, even though most people there still don't have any idea what tapas is. And the nicer American food restaurants all have virtually identical menus. It is so freaking sad. They had the only 5-star restaurant in the state, but so few people ate there that it went out of business. Now there is a Ruths Chris in the same spot, and it is full of idiots covering their prime rib with ketchup. LOL!

The only thing that surprises me about the bridge is that the city even bothered asking what people wanted. That is not usual for them. Normally they would have just gone out and bought whatever primer was cheapest and that would be that.


What's funny is that the blue it is now is the primer People liked the blue so the city left it.

/sitting about 100 feet from The Blue Bridge.

11 Dec 2012 04:44 PM
whipbambucket     
I for one, am glad that GR is considered square. And that people stay away! That leaves more delicious local beer for me...

/AHA conference will be in GR in 2014, btw

/stay away, people it sucks here!

11 Dec 2012 04:54 PM
meat0918     
GR is boring.

A lot of old school Dutch Protestants with permanent sticks installed in their keisters.

11 Dec 2012 05:19 PM
whipbambucket     

meat0918: GR is boring.

A lot of old school Dutch Protestants with permanent sticks installed in their keisters.


A lot of Catholics too! They have beer taps in their churches.

11 Dec 2012 05:25 PM
meat0918     

whipbambucket: meat0918: GR is boring.

A lot of old school Dutch Protestants with permanent sticks installed in their keisters.

A lot of Catholics too! They have beer taps in their churches.


I thought they stayed in Zeeland?

Or am I getting my brain all crossed up on the differences between Holland and GR?

GVSU was an interesting place though, from what I hear...

11 Dec 2012 05:37 PM
whipbambucket     

meat0918: whipbambucket: meat0918: GR is boring.

A lot of old school Dutch Protestants with permanent sticks installed in their keisters.

A lot of Catholics too! They have beer taps in their churches.

I thought they stayed in Zeeland?

Or am I getting my brain all crossed up on the differences between Holland and GR?

GVSU was an interesting place though, from what I hear...


Holland is to Grand Rapids as Zeeland is to Holland. Holland is notably more conservative than GR. Zeeland is so tight, the town was dry until about 2 or 3 years ago. Very Dutch, very closed community. Most people have a name like Van Vanvandervan, or something like that.

My wife is a GVSU grad. Nice enough place; can't think of anything bad to say about it.

GR is conservative compared to a lot of places, but its not as bad as some say. Seriously, the local beer scene is pretty amazing! If you love craft beer, this place is a sort of Mecca...

11 Dec 2012 06:35 PM
meat0918     

whipbambucket: meat0918: whipbambucket: meat0918: GR is boring.

A lot of old school Dutch Protestants with permanent sticks installed in their keisters.

A lot of Catholics too! They have beer taps in their churches.

I thought they stayed in Zeeland?

Or am I getting my brain all crossed up on the differences between Holland and GR?

GVSU was an interesting place though, from what I hear...

Holland is to Grand Rapids as Zeeland is to Holland. Holland is notably more conservative than GR. Zeeland is so tight, the town was dry until about 2 or 3 years ago. Very Dutch, very closed community. Most people have a name like Van Vanvandervan, or something like that.

My wife is a GVSU grad. Nice enough place; can't think of anything bad to say about it.

GR is conservative compared to a lot of places, but its not as bad as some say. Seriously, the local beer scene is pretty amazing! If you love craft beer, this place is a sort of Mecca...


I passed up a job in Zeeland, not because of the tightwadness, mostly that I wanted to move to Oregon instead of staying in Michigan.

The beer is good here as well.

11 Dec 2012 06:44 PM
Tellingthem    [TotalFark]  

whipbambucket: meat0918: whipbambucket: meat0918: GR is boring.

A lot of old school Dutch Protestants with permanent sticks installed in their keisters.

A lot of Catholics too! They have beer taps in their churches.

I thought they stayed in Zeeland?

Or am I getting my brain all crossed up on the differences between Holland and GR?

GVSU was an interesting place though, from what I hear...

Holland is to Grand Rapids as Zeeland is to Holland. Holland is notably more conservative than GR. Zeeland is so tight, the town was dry until about 2 or 3 years ago. Very Dutch, very closed community. Most people have a name like Van Vanvandervan, or something like that.

My wife is a GVSU grad. Nice enough place; can't think of anything bad to say about it.

GR is conservative compared to a lot of places, but its not as bad as some say. Seriously, the local beer scene is pretty amazing! If you love craft beer, this place is a sort of Mecca...


Heh...I grew up in that neck of the woods and yeah very Dutch. I'm actually very impressed at how much GR is loosening up though. They really seem to get that things had to change if they were going to survive and possibly grow as a city. With things like the ArtPrize and that indoor Farmers market it actually makes me a little homesick...

11 Dec 2012 06:44 PM
jeffrey626     
Grand Rapids is pretty interesting to see the contrast between the old dutch conservatives and the younger crowd around Easttown, etc. Its not a bad city (I'm from Holland) its just sometimes the "young/hip/whatever" atmosphere they try to create seems a bit forced at times. Regardless, the fact that Hopcat exists makes the city ok in my book :D

11 Dec 2012 07:06 PM
RickN99     
I don't understand why leaving the Blue Bridge blue merits the 'stupid' tag. What other color would you paint the Blue Bridge?

11 Dec 2012 07:38 PM
pinguwin     
The Indian city of Jodhpur approves of your bridge.

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Quite pretty, that town of blue.

11 Dec 2012 08:02 PM
NotARocketScientist     
I don't understand why leaving the Blue Bridge blue merits the 'stupid' tag. What other color would you paint the Blue Bridge?

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What would have been stupid is if they painted the bridge red and continued to call it the blue bridge. It would have needed to be called the bridge that used to be blue - pissing off anyone new to town who doesn't know which bridge used to be blue. This is the way things normally go.

11 Dec 2012 08:06 PM
jaytkay     

Balchinian: Heh...it is true about Grand Rapids though. They are pretty square. Heck, up until about 15 years ago burritos were considered avant garde cuisine.


Grand Rapids sucks, but not THAT badly. I worked in a Mexican restaurant in Grand Rapids in 1979 (no, not a chain). It was just OK. There was a much better one (on Fulton? I think) west of the river.

/ Also was part of the opening crew of the 1913 Room "the only 5-star restaurant in the state". I did not know it closed. Too bad.

11 Dec 2012 08:36 PM
BarkingUnicorn     
FTFA: The bridge has become "the single most requested venue for weddings in the city,"

Lotta suicidal brides, I guess.

11 Dec 2012 08:51 PM
ha-ha-guy     

whipbambucket: I for one, am glad that GR is considered square. And that people stay away! That leaves more delicious local beer for me...

/AHA conference will be in GR in 2014, btw

/stay away, people it sucks here!


I can get 95% of that beer over on the each side of the state, without having to deal with the area that gave us Pete Hoekstra or Eric Prince. I think the East Side wins.

/I say 95% because I'm sure there is some small batch stuff that doesn't make it over here
//on the flip side I can get a bunch of the AA Brewpub's stuff easily

11 Dec 2012 09:02 PM
Silverstaff     

pinguwin: The Indian city of Jodhpur approves of your bridge.

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Quite pretty, that town of blue.


Wait, Azure City is real and it's in India (and not Japan)?

/Don't think that's obscure.

11 Dec 2012 09:08 PM
LordOfThePings     
It's blue because naked Smurfs live under it. (Smurves?)

11 Dec 2012 09:28 PM
ModernLuddite     
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How about cerulean? Cerulean blue.

//hotlinks!

11 Dec 2012 09:29 PM
BlackMtnMan     
They should paint their huevos while they are at it.

12 Dec 2012 01:43 AM
doczoidberg     
I live in Grand Rapids.

This town is a steaming pile of shiat. It's the most miserable hellhole I have ever had the misfortune of knowing, and I hope it sinks into the ground, along with its lousy inhabitants.

Screw the Blue Bridge. I hope it collapses.

12 Dec 2012 09:50 AM
whipbambucket     

doczoidberg: I live in Grand Rapids.

This town is a steaming pile of shiat. It's the most miserable hellhole I have ever had the misfortune of knowing, and I hope it sinks into the ground, along with its lousy inhabitants.

Screw the Blue Bridge. I hope it collapses.


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12 Dec 2012 12:49 PM
doczoidberg     
GVSU sucks!

12 Dec 2012 01:31 PM
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