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America's Best Engineering

Troy, New York was the wellspring of America's industrial revolution. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute was the first, best engineering school in the country in the early 1800s.

 

Here we see West Hall to the right, which serves as the westmost facade of RPI's campus on the hill above Troy. Behind us the slope drops a few more blocks to downtown.

 

Notice the absurd street design. Civil engineers have chosen to place a marked pedestrian crosswalk so that it leads to a grass berm. Perhaps this was a response to ADA requirements? It's silly to avoid the staircase, though, because the grass slope is no easier to mount in a wheelchair.

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Taken on April 1, 2010