LOL at this story about officials arguing over when Lowry Avenue Bridge should be lighted

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The bridge opened in October 2012.
Adorned with LED lights, the Lowry Avenue Bridge in north Minneapolis is capable of lighting up in all sorts of cool colors in commemoration of all sorts of events. But which ones are significant enough to warrant the light-show treatment?

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That was the highly controversial issue before Hennepin County commissioners during a meeting this week.

Check out this excerpt from a Star Tribune report about the discussion that reads like something you'd see in the Onion:
[Hennepin County Commissioner Gail] Dorfman said the bridge looks "really pretty" when it's lit up...

At the other end of the spectrum, Commissioner Jan Callison wanted only federal holidays designated as lighting days. People who wanted other colors on other days would have to apply for them through the county administrator...

McLaughlin took a dim view of that, saying that "relegating" bridge lightings to "what the federal government wants is understating our ability to celebrate this county."

McLaughlin also wanted to flip the switch permanently for Juneteenth, "the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery: pretty important."
Ultimately, the commissioners reached a compromise: Specialized Lowry light shows will occur on federal holidays and a select few other occasions (Halloween, Father's Day, Mother's Day, Kwanzaa, U of M Homecoming, and Worker Memorial Day), while others that received some support from commissioners won't get unique displays (Pride, for example).

And oh yeah, commissioners also agreed to commemoratively light the bridge if a local sports team wins the championship. Here's one more Onion-worthy passage from the Strib about that:
[Commissioner Linda] Higgins successfully persuaded her colleagues to light the bridge if any of the Twin Cities sports teams win championships. [Board Chair Mike] Opat jibed that "none of us will be here to see it." McLaughlin, however, pointed out that the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx have won the past two years.
Left unaddressed, apparently, was this vexing question: If the Minnesota Wild ever win the Stanley Cup, why would Hennepin County celebrate the triumph of a Ramsey County team?

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DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

"People who wanted other colors on other days would have to apply for them through the county administrator... "


I'm drafting the paperwork at this moment to have it lit green & gold on Vince Lombardi's birthday.

Jason Koffman
Jason Koffman

All the important media outlets are using LOL in their headlines now. Duh.

Joy Sison-Walker
Joy Sison-Walker

North Mpls' beauty...... KEEP IT LIT! I'd like to see where my tax money is being spent on!

Chris Bonneville
Chris Bonneville

How is it that we're so good at electing such morons in this Country? Where do these people come from?

Betty Hindbjorgen
Betty Hindbjorgen

Yeah.....THAT'S what North Minneapolis should be worried about. FFS....

Joseph Caliguire
Joseph Caliguire

How do citizens benefit from having a LED light covered bridge? How much extra did that cost? How much extra does it cost to light it? Not to mention how much does it cost to have this silly debate over when and what colors to light it for what occasion... These are simple questions that should have been asked prior to construction. Its called priorities... Common sense... Fiscal responsibilities.... Which we all know Big Government and its supporters have very little of.

Gary Knutson
Gary Knutson

just goes to show you when elected officials get involved in something with an easy answer; they have to muck it up....light the damn bridge every night; let it change colors; whatever just turn the damned thing on....it's beautiful lit up and adds to the beauty of mpls and the river....

Brian Waldrup
Brian Waldrup

Didn't even know the new bridge had lights. Turn the damn things on.

Erin Burckhard
Erin Burckhard

Really?? Pride isnt worthy?? Youre talking about lighting a giant arc that resembles a rainbow with multi-colors in it and you wont do it when there is a celebration going on in your city that draws thousands of people from other states to generate revenue (think of how much is spent on hotels, food, gas, transportation, shopping, etc) and one of their main icons is rainbows?? Wtf? Why did you even bother putting all those lights in it if all your ever gonna do is leave it blue all the damn time? I really done understand why it doesnt change all the time- green and red during christmas, pink and red for valentines day, greens for st pattys, red white and blue for 4th of july, etc etc... that would seem to make the most sense... its a beautiful addition to the city and its a damn shame it isnt being used to it's full potential. I definitely think Pride should be considered tho, and I am not even a LGB or a T- if the rest of the city pays homage to such an event, then why not do the bridge?

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

Easy, if the City of Mpls is paying: 24/7 and make sure there are at least 3 SEIU union workers there to monitor lumen levels and report any bulb outages. (It will require another IBEW backed city electrician to actually change the bulb.)

If it's a State or County funded bridge, then just for special events and or dates

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

"McLaughlin, however, pointed out that the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx have won the past two years."


McLaughlin may want to double check that...They won this year, lost in the finals last year. Maybe he meant "twice in the past three years"

Bryan Entzel
Bryan Entzel

light it differently for any conceivable occasion. Light it everyday. It is a piece of art/architecture. Why build in a feature like that only to be stodgy about how and when you use it?

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

My friend from L.A. was here and one of the few pictures he took of MPLS was when we were going over the Lowry Bridge. That was because it was beautiful with the lighting.

Evan Hanson
Evan Hanson

Keep it lit, it adds so much character to the cityscape!

Deatrick LaPointe
Deatrick LaPointe

Oh just light it already...this is what are taxes pay for...geez

Joseph Caliguire
Joseph Caliguire

Never. Its pretty wasteful, not to mention light pollution. The fact that they deemed it necessary to adorn this bridge with all these lights in the first place is ridiculous....

David Gustafson
David Gustafson

How about...when it's dark? All the bright shiny buildings in the world won't make people regard Minneapolis as a first-class city if the inhabitants still act like a bunch of rubes who want to roll the sidewalks up at night. Turn the lights on!

Staci Thompson
Staci Thompson

Vote and get over it, so you can talk about real concerns.... PLEASE!!!!!

orangevening1
orangevening1

When someone asks me to put clothes om I say "if you don't like it, don't look". If you don't care why comment when you don't "give a shit"

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