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Postby John » March 23rd, 2016, 12:25 am

It's with great sadness I have to report that forum blogger Wedgeguy died suddenly last Monday, March 21. As you all are well aware, he was very passionate about urban design and planning and was a big contributor to both this site and on Skyscrapercity. I knew him for over 25 years, and we had a longstanding tradition of meeting several times a year taking long walks around downtown Minneapolis, St Paul, and Uptown to view and discuss the latest development projects. We were kindred spirits in our views on urbanism, and it made me so happy to have somebody to share this great passion with for so many years. Many of you are probably not aware of this , but Wedgeguy (Allen) was also a very talented gardener, and created one the most beautiful urban gardens in The Wedge neighborhood at the home where he lived for many years. He was a true urbanist and way ahead of his time in his vision and values of what truly makes a city great. I will miss you Wedgeguy very much and I have so much gratitude you were part of my life. John .

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Postby twincitizen » March 23rd, 2016, 6:42 am

Sorry for your loss John. A huge loss to the forum as well.

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Postby bapster2006 » March 23rd, 2016, 7:02 am

Yes, big loss. I wish he had made it to a happy hour! Will miss his frequent thoughts.

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Postby Nathan » March 23rd, 2016, 7:06 am

It's always sad to loose a friend. I'm so sorry to hear that. He'll definitely be missed. :(

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Postby Didier » March 23rd, 2016, 7:30 am

RIP Wedgeguy. An UrbanMSP original. Thanks, John, for passing this along.

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Postby mplsjaromir » March 23rd, 2016, 7:38 am

Very sad. He will definitely be missed.

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Postby bubzki2 » March 23rd, 2016, 7:50 am

Sorry to hear that. RIP

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Postby seamonster » March 23rd, 2016, 8:39 am

My condolences, John. This is sad news.

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Postby PhilmerPhil » March 23rd, 2016, 8:45 am

Sad news. I'm glad I got to meet him in person a couple times. Thanks for sharing with us, John.

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Postby MNdible » March 23rd, 2016, 12:09 pm

Wow, terribly unexpected. He'll be missed.

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Postby Tyler » March 23rd, 2016, 12:21 pm

That's terrible news.

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Re: Wedgeguy

Postby xandrex » March 23rd, 2016, 12:49 pm

Always a guy with a lot of (interesting) stuff to say. Such sad news. He'll definitely be missed.

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Postby grant1simons2 » March 23rd, 2016, 2:58 pm

This is such sad news. I still don't really know what to say. He really will be missed.

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Postby amiller92 » March 23rd, 2016, 2:58 pm

Very sad.

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Postby mattaudio » March 23rd, 2016, 3:28 pm

Wow, sad to hear. John, I'm not sure if if would be welcome or not or what the arrangements are... but I bet a few forum folks would consider showing up to any services that are forthcoming.

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Postby » March 23rd, 2016, 3:45 pm

I'm gobsmacked. Sincere condolences, John.
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Re: Wedgeguy

Postby Andrew_F » March 23rd, 2016, 4:54 pm

Wow, that's really too bad. I know I'll miss reading his thoughts. Thanks for sharing, John.

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Re: Wedgeguy

Postby Tiller » March 23rd, 2016, 7:17 pm

His voice will be missed here.


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Re: Wedgeguy

Postby John » March 24th, 2016, 10:22 am

Thanks everyone for the kind words for Allen. He really enjoyed this forum and I'll miss his very spirited comments and perspective. He really loved living in our dynamic Twin Cities, and enjoyed watching it grow and evolve over the years. All of Allen's friends and family ( including myself) are still in a state of shock and disbelief at his unexpected passing away. The funeral service will occur in his hometown in northern Iowa, however, there will be a memorial service for him in Minneapolis sometime later this spring. I will update the forum as to when that occurs.

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