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  •  Sounds like an interesting book. (3+ / 0-)
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    I'll have to check into it.  

    My career has been in a construction-related field, so building failures are of particular interest.  The book sounds like it's right up my alley.  Thanks.  

    We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. - Justice Louis D. Brandeis

    by dsteffen on Sun Nov 01, 2009 at 06:00:39 PM PST

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    •  funny anecdote (3+ / 0-)
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      G2geek, dsteffen, Hard to Port

      I think this is in the preface or intro of Why Buildings Fall Down. Salvadori's first book was Why Buildings Stand Up. Apparently, his mother read it and told him it would be much more interesting to read about why they fall down.

      Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. - Groucho Marx

      by Joe Bob on Sun Nov 01, 2009 at 06:24:09 PM PST

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    •  Wonder what ever happened to that grain storage (2+ / 0-)
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      building in Minnesota? That one still kills me. I still say if they would have told the feds the building was in danger of collapse, the feds would have let them move it long enough to fix the freaking building.

      •  I'm not sure I ever heard. (2+ / 0-)
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        IIRC the plan was that they'd empty the grain out at the end of the (I think it was) five years that the grain had to remain in storage, and if it didn't fall down when they removed the grain they'd tear it down and we'd replace the building, but I was out of the kind of position where I had to deal with that sort of stuff by then.

        We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. - Justice Louis D. Brandeis

        by dsteffen on Sun Nov 01, 2009 at 07:28:36 PM PST

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