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Wednesday March 12 2008

[S]pudart writes about his photo of Chicago’s Moving Bridges over the Chicago River:

The Chicago River cuts through downtown Chicago and is home to the most moveable bridges in the world for any city. Starting from the top, here are the bridges featured in this photo: Franklin Street Bridge, Wells Street Bridge, LaSalle Street Bridge, Clark Street Bridge, and Dearborn Street Bridge.

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A little bit of trivia about a couple of these bridges. The top bridge at Franklin Street was an important part of the 2005 film “Batman Begins” because it’s the bridge that connects Gotham City with the Narrows. The 2nd bridge from the top (Wells Street) is the double decker extreme bridge. It carries three lanes of southbound traffic along with two sidewalks. The upper deck slams across two sets of CTA trains every day with the brown and purple. The bottom bridge (Dearborn Street) is the only bridge featured here that was not built between 1919 to 1929. It was constructed in 1962, and its straight-line modern style certainly proclaims that.

All that (and more) is to be found at Flickr, which is not noted for its contributors supplying an abundance of detailed descriptive text.  As often as not it’s just 0896.jpg, or some such catchy title, and make what you will of it.

What I find intriguing about the picture is that the bridges looked rather small to me, until I looked more carefully and realised how very small the vehicles are on the road to the left of the river.  When a European like me sees that many bridges all clustered together, looking like that, my brain just assumes them to be little more than a set of cute footbridges.  Part of it is that I can’t imagine a hotel window being that far away and that high up.  I’m sure if I was there fore real, I’d not make this mistake, but here is a case where the camera, if it did not lie exactly, did manage to mislead somewhat.

Moveable how?

Posted by 6000 on 13 March 2008

Oh dear.

Sorry.

Just got it.

Been a long day.

[trudges off stage right]
[there is the sound of a beer being opened and poured]

Posted by 6000 on 13 March 2008

The bridges are about half the length of the bridges across the Thames through central London. Not really that big

Posted by Michael Jennings on 13 March 2008

It’s not pleasant to walk across one of these bridges on a cold, windy day. However, in summer the bridges and surrounding area are delightful.

Posted by Jonathan on 21 March 2008

Jonathan - Hi

Yes I hear it gets a bit breezy in Chicago sometimes.  Presumably you get all manner of local wind effects, like in London but about ten times worse, to the point, presuming further, where you actually sometimes can’t walk at all in the direction you want.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 22 March 2008

Although, I now learn that the name Windy City is as much about the speeches of the politicians as it is about the wind off Lake Michigan.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 22 March 2008

Chicago winds couldn’t be worse than the ones blowing off Kama-river.

Posted by Tatyana on 22 March 2008

Or Cape Town’s Cape Doctor, which is actively runing my Easter weekend as I write.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Doctor

Posted by 6000 on 22 March 2008

Brian,

It’s not the coldest place but the combination of cold and wind is steppe-like.

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Tat,

Kama River is probably worse, but I have never had to walk to work across its bridges in the winter.

Posted by Jonathan on 24 March 2008

Jon,
there are no bridges across Kama.
In winter it’s covered with a 50sm-thick ice.

Posted by Tatyana on 25 March 2008

Thanks for linking to one of my photos. I’ve been meaning to do a complete series of the bridges in Chicago. This is certainly one of my favorites.

Posted by spudart on 24 December 2009
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