Uptown hot tub attracts schadenfreude

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Photo by Amanda White
Schadenfreude: Pleasure derived from the misfortune of others.
Shortly after we published our initial blog post about the cool-looking hot tub that hangs over Lake Street as part of the Walkway development in Uptown, commenters let us know it was taped off because of a leak. (The tape is visible in the above photo.)

Some suggested the leak was a result of shoddy engineering. But that's not necessarily the case, a state employee in the department that inspects pools tells us.

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Doug Schultz of the Minnesota Department of Health's Environmental Health Division tells us his department was aware of the Walkway hot tub's leak before we called him.

"It's a microscopic leak. It happens," Schultz says. "We've seen it before and understand and recognize that [it] can happen, especially when you have two surfaces coming together where the acrylic meets the concrete wall."

Schultz says the leak "can be sealed with coagulant."

With regard to possible safety concerns stemming from the leak, Schultz says, "In this kind of weather there isn't much of a safety risk."

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Photo via Mark Bradby
The hot tub as it's supposed to look.

"Water on the sidewalk can create a slipping hazard, but our understanding is that the owner is planning on closing the spa before freezing weather, and one would assume it would be fixed before then," he continues. "Our assumption is that it will be fixed in a matter of weeks."

Walkway owner Clark Gassen tells us he's installed a rain gutter system to keep water off the sidewalk in case the hot tub leaks again in the future.

Then, last week, we received reports that the tub had been drained: We asked Gassen the question Lindsay Guentzel was afraid to know the answer to.

(For more, click to page two.)


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64 comments
Marty Lang
Marty Lang

So it's not a time machine then?

Sam Adamsson
Sam Adamsson

WHY IS THIS HOT TUB SUCH A BIG DEAL?!?!?

Kosh Samuel
Kosh Samuel

What does schadenfreude have to do with this? It's as though the author wanted to feel special by using a big word! Is there a fancy word for "poor writing skills"?! Lol

Dustin Djdudleyd Meyer
Dustin Djdudleyd Meyer

HOT TUB ALERT!!!! I just went past the hot tub and it's empty with a shop vac next to it. You better send Aaron over to get the scoop!!!!

Marcos Lopez-Carlson
Marcos Lopez-Carlson

Thank you City Pages, for showing that you no longer have anything relevant to tell the Twin Cities.

Andrew Dale
Andrew Dale

This has to be at least the third "story" you have done on this. None of them have been funny. I am one more hot tub story away from the ultimate show of force- a Facebook UNLIKE

Claire Renee Kohner
Claire Renee Kohner

I'm sorry, did you say "cool-looking hot tub"? Sure, "cool", lets go with that.

Jon Eisenberg
Jon Eisenberg

Who gave them a permit to build it out over the sidewalk? Seems they would need a permit for that.

John Steitz
John Steitz

Somebody photoshop that for me? Thx.

John Steitz
John Steitz

This hot tub full of juggalos would probably break the city pages. It would be a straight up inexplicable obsession overload.

Heather Jo
Heather Jo

Try spelling simple words before throwing out the big ones.....

Matt Schieffer
Matt Schieffer

Smart reporting on this because then it can be the back story for when some drunk idiots throw a rock at it.

Matt Schieffer
Matt Schieffer

I care you dope. And gossip is discussing other peoples personal lives.

jason.dorweiler
jason.dorweiler topcommenter

Thanks for the information? I guess if I ever need to know about hot tubs and how to install them this may give me a shred of things to consider....

Marty Lang
Marty Lang

Unless it's also a time machine I don't fucking care.

Jerm Wobbe
Jerm Wobbe

BECAUSE ALL THE HOMOS DRANK IT ALL?

Jesse Etzler
Jesse Etzler

"Water on the sidewalk can create a slipping hazard". Really who hired this guy? This guy should be around when it rains

Joe Smith
Joe Smith

Any less of a fuck could not be given

Ima-Dick
Ima-Dick

Two words:  Pulitzer Prize. . 

Jessica Ross
Jessica Ross

Then unlike city pages. U don't have to be here

John Steitz
John Steitz

Thanks for the hard hitting journalism, city pages.

Arkadi
Arkadi

I still can't get over how much the Walkway 'W' looks like a pair of testicles.

misterrosewater
misterrosewater

This year I'm dressing up as schadenfreude for Halloween.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

i crashed my car last week cause i was looking at some girls ass in a striped bikini


cops didnt even care after i explained what had happened

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

Don't forget Michele Bauchman, they love her.

Eric Hurst
Eric Hurst

Man all of you are just fucktards. Why hate on shit if you were the one who came to this page in general. I see so many people hating on city pages. Grow a pair.

NoMoreGasthof
NoMoreGasthof

my guess is you've never used a hot tub since you would certainly drown

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Yet you cared enough to make a lame comment.

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

Why are you expecting "hard hitting journalism" from City Pages?

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