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    • Me in Minecraft. makes perfectly nice path, sprints over small hill ignoring it every time
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    • When they were building our new engineering building they didn't put a sidewalk in at first. They waited and saw there the ground was worn from people walking then put the path there
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    • Efficiency
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    • One of the best engineering feats I’ve heard of was a sidewalk project manager at a college who decided he wouldn’t put in sidewalks and instead give it one year to see where the students would walk and what paths were most desired and then built on those
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    • College in a nutshell
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    • It’s cute they are called desire paths
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    • If you implement a system that can be ignored due to laziness, it will be ignored
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    • Desire Paths is also a minecraft mod, and it wears out grass slowly if you (or any other person, villager, or animal) walk across it often. And it will grow back slowly if you stop using it.
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    • There's a path through the woods to my neighbor's house that my dog made when she was alive cause he would give her treats whenever she went over, and now I work for him and I use the same path. I'm carrying on the legacy
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    • I feel like the best way to design sidewalks is to leave it all as grass, identify where the most foot traffic is, and then put one there
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    • A bunch of colleges solved this problem by not building paths for the first few years, then when all the dirt paths created by the studant were formed the built actual paved paths over those dirt ones.
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    • I heard of a school somewhere that didn’t put any sidewalks in for like 5 years and then after 5 years they put sidewalks in where all the foot paths were
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    • Humans dont seem to like making sharp turns like robots
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    • This one construction company built a building but didn’t landscape it until after it was occupied. Once the employees trod their natural paths, the company came back and put in sidewalks on those paths and decorated the rest with grass & hedges, etc. Total success.
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    • A college I went to actually just started paving the desire paths. Worked really well.
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    • Unless your in the military. Be damned if you step on the commanders grass, be ready to paint rocks.
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    • I do this in every game. "Nah. I ain't going around this hill. Just gonna spam the jump button until I'm over it. 10 extra steps isn't worth it, gotta spend 10 extra minutes glitching over rocks instead"
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    • People almost never use sharp turns if there isn't a wall or something. Even if you just rounded out the turn, people would use it more
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    • My old high school kept asking us to stop cutting through the grass but we kept on going until they quit and placed a full sidewalk there.
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    • That's actually a bad design flaw, whoever made that was not well educated because something taught to architects and designers like this is how people think and we don't like 90 degree turn we like curves bc it's quicker and easier
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    • My college purposefully had no sidewalks when built. Then after the first year, they put them in based on the wear patterns in the grass to make sure they put them where it made sense
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    • People are naturally going to take the shortest route to their destination rather than follow established right angles. Efficiency will always trump design.
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    • Honestly a beaten path made by people moving through and area for a long period of time looks much better than any sidewalk will ever be
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    • My school had 2 paths from a dorm to the main walking area or whatever you wanna call it. But there was a store that we would buy food in a lot and so there became a new unofficial path which now the school paved
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    • Cities should just wait a year before building sidewalks and let us decide where they should go
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    • Me climbing up the side of a cliff in skyrim
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    • That's one thing I love about college campuses. They are really good at putting pathways where you want to walk.
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    • There was a college where rather than pre-designing pathways, they left everything as turf for a bit to let people collectively design paths by themselves, and then paved those.
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    • My school did a neat thing, they didn't pave any sidewalks, let the students beat dirt trails through the center area for like a month, then just paved the trails
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    • Vanderbilt university actually didn’t have any pathways for the first years on campus. Just grass. Then they built sidewalks over the ruts that wet eelfr behind by people walking through the grass in the way to classes
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    • Theres more to the efficiency of the human mind than just faster food
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    • That's how my college made the sidewalks connecting housing and campus. People just kept walking a certain path, and then they passed over the patted pathway
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    • Because it feels stupid walking to the corner and turning a sharp corner
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    • As someone who walks I can confirm
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    • My university uses this concept to pave new paths. All paths on campus are where people walk
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    • Bro this happened at my college. Except the paths were single file lines and we would walk single file. Like the sidewalks were chaos but the little dirt lines in the grass were the most orderly things. And there were so many!
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    • Right angles just seem like a design flaw when designing sidewalks.
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    • There were so many of these at my college that the school just paved over them and pretend they always planned to put a sidewalk there
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    • Is that just efficient/path of least resistance
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    • This is is a perfect example of how freedom is superior to central planning. This translates well to economics and bureaucracy as well.
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    • My college had this problem and some friends and I put scattered stone tiles in along the human path and the grass managed to fill in the spaces cause people preferred stepping on tiles.
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    • When Ferris State was remodeling their campus, they didn't put sidewalks in, they just let students wear down paths in the grass, then put the sidewalks there.
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    • Why is there a light square in the tree's shadow..?
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    • A college didn’t put down sidewalks the first year it was built, saying that they should let students wear a path into the ground and only pour cement there to save money
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    • Well don’t design a path like an idiot
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    • I think it’s more of a not wanting to turn 90 degrees, because these paths form no matter how little distance you save.
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    • If you go into nature preserves you can find small paths that lead to openings where people smoke weed
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    • Animal crossing be like
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    • There’s a story i heard about when Disneyland first opened visitors kept walking across a patch of grass instead of using the nearby path, when this was brought to the attention of Walt Disney he simply responded “it’s because that’s where people want to walk”
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    • How walt fisney designed animal kingdom in disney world
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    • Build a curve in that bitch. I'm not walking at right angles.
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    • Reminds me of the story of a mayor. A city desperately needed new sidewalks when he was elected and he said to hold off. A month later everyone started to think he was a loon until he said to build sidewalks on the fresh mud paths
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    • The intended strat vs the speed running strat.
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    • Sergeant majors are losing their god damn minds looking at that picture
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    • corners are pointless
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    • Maybe cause right angles are stupid
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    • There's a minecraft mod called desire paths which does just this. Grass blocks earn a level of trampledness and gain "exposed dirt" until paths are made where you most often walk.
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    • Why is the tree’s shadow missing a huge rectangular chunk out of it?
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    • Efficiency is just clever laziness
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    • My university will write you up if you get caught walking across grass
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    • This is what colleges look like and they just keep adding more sidewalks to cover those paths
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    • Every college in America
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    • This is how a lot of American highways found their original routes, settlers wagons making trails through terrain until it was a well used and known route and over time was built up into the tarmac we have today
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    • My university recently made a side walk from a spot where people just walked through the grass to the library cause they got tired of fixing it every spring
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    • That’s the issue with design and why there is a major rule. Your design should be minimal and intuitive. In apps and IRL.
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    • Colleges should never build sidewalks until these beaten paths are established. Then simply pave them.
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    • Achshually grass/dirt relieve pressure on your feet from the sidewalk even alot of professional runners if available will opt to running in the grass to reduce pain allowing them to run longer without stops
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    • It's even got grass in the middle like a two way street
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    • My college to a tee. First semester I followed paths like a good freshman then I was like nah and followed the dirt paths. So much quicker
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    • There was actually a college that didn't make sidewalks and just let people walk where they wanted to and then paved tHt after
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    • This is probably fake, but I saw a story on Tumblr where a college or some public place like that didn't put in side walks. They just had grass, and then waited. Then after a few months the paths that people naturally made, they paved over to make side walks people would actually use.
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    • This happened at my highschool there was a side walk to the gym entrance but people would cross through the small courtyard so they built a small chain link fence so kids had to use the sidewalk
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    • I think we had a feature one time that said some colleges learn from desire paths to design more efficient routes for students going to class
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    • Maybe they need to design sidewalks that fucking go in diagonals not 90 degree turns
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    • That happened at my college so they turned the path into a sidewalk. True story.
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    • That’s how my university designed the walking paths.
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    • My school didnt have a path me and a friend walked through the grass every day and the people started following and made a path the school seen it and created an actual path way there
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    • Maybe just poor design
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    • Valparaiso University had no sidewalks between any buildings when they were first established. They waited a few weeks to see where the students walked and installed the sidewalks on those paths.
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    • Why do humans speak like retards in your mind?
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    • Maybe we shouldnt bother putting paths in parks
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    • As a experience designer. This post makes me smile that iFunny has quality content that the general public won’t know how to dissect outside of finding the funny. This is awesome.
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    • When they make military bases they don’t put sidewalks or paths in for at least a month. They wait to see where people actually walk and put them there.
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    • PSA from a transportation engineer, if your favorite shopping center removes your left turns and replace them with rights and U-turns, it’s for your own benefit and safety.
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    • We have one of these at my school and when the city got mad about it saying they are not spending so much money building a new side walk. The civil engineering department went and got little stone bricks and a rake totaling at $75 and made the path look really nice
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    • At my college theres a little corner of grass thats always pressed down more than the rest just because people dont feel like turning 90° and walking
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    • Theres an entire university built around this design many paths in all directions based on the students pathing looks super interesting
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    • It's time to rethink sidewalks
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    • Or maybe its just bad design
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    • what's going on with that tree's shadow?
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    • There is a university near where I live that waits to get wear paths, and then paves them. When multiple cross near each other they pave a plaza.
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    • Maybe bc nature feels better to walk on than fuckin paths? Knees don’t last forever....
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    • why is the tree's shadow missing a rectangle
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    • the University of Washington waited for the students to make there natural paths before they made any official paths so now they don't have this problem
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    • My campus took all the worn paths and paved them into real ones
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