Posts Tagged ‘bridge’

Looking back on the 35W Bridge Collapse

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If you are online to read this and haven’t found out yet, you’re… well, I don’t even know.

The 35W bridge over the Mississippi collapsed today. I found out via Twitter. It happened at approximately 6:00 pm. There are cars in the river. There was a school bus full of kids on the bridge, but the bus didn’t actually fall in the water. A whole section of bridge dropped straight down and is sitting just above the water. CNN’s running photos that folks downtown have taken from their apartment.

There’s been construction work going on on various parts of 35W near downtown for a long time, but I wasn’t aware that they were actually working on this bridge.

Phone service is spotty.

Today’s the anniversary of the 35W Bridge Collapse, so I thought I’d revisit some of the liveblogging we did of the post-collapse events. Above is from Erica’s post at 6:57 p.m. on August 1. Heavy stuff when you think back to it all.

Significant MB posts covering the collapse:

The Value of Small Business

An editorial by “Papa” John Kolstad, Mill City Music president and Metro Independent Business Alliance co-founder, in The Bridge.

Small businesses provide employment, create new jobs, provide services and stability to the community, and they often provide the first jobs for youth in the neighborhood. Small businesses create the character and charm of the community and add to the quality of life. Business owners are active in the community and committed to solving problems and dealing with local issues. Small businesses are creative, innovative, adaptable, versatile, and practical. They see new and needed trends quickly and can make decisions to take advantage of them. They are problem solvers.

Read on for more on how small businesses fuel local economies and why the MetroIBA is so important.

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