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Times Up 2nd Annual Fountain Ride

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Uploaded on Aug 4, 2010

The beautiful fountains in front of all those big corporate plazas that we long for but strangely fear to touch, are ours to play in. We rode to each fountain, jumped in, made a splash and got back on our bikes before the security guards can begin to make up a fake rule. We even danced around the Seagram Fountain, which had no water. Over all, It was an amazing summertime, cooling off experience.

Literary smart guy, city planner, Urbanist and people watcher, William H. Whyte wrote...
"I have always thought the water at the Seagram Fountain looked unusually liquid, and I think it is because you know you can splash your hand in it if you are of a mind to. People do it all the time; they stick their hands in it, their toes and feet, and if they splash about, some security guard dow not come running up to tell them nay."

"But in many places water is only for looking at. Let a foot touch it and a guard will be there in an instant. Forbidden. Chemicals in the water. Danger of contamination. Let people start touching the water and the first thing you know they will be swimming in it.

"It's not right to put water before people and then keep them away from it. But this is what has been happening across the country. Pools and fountains are installed, then immediately posted with signs admonishing people not to touch it. Equally egregious is the exce4ssive zeal with which many pools are continually being emptied, vacuumed, and refilled, as though their function were to be emptied, vacuumed, and refilled. Maintenance, not use, is the first priority."

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