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#1 bonanova

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Posted 12 November 2007 - 06:51 AM

In my home town of Minneapolis, the Farenheit temperature can
remain continuously negative for weeks at a time. 2nd-story walkways
were constructed between some of the downtown buildings so shoppers
can spend all day indoors while walking from store to store.

In the new suburb of Frigid City, MN, city planners have decided to
duplicate that practice. The planning architects have advised that for
security reasons, no building may connect to more than three walkways.
But the planners want to provide an indoor path between any pair of
stores that involves walking through no more than one intervening store.

Eight anchor stores are to be walkway enabled.

Not knowing whether this is possible, the Frigid City Council [FCC] has
called in an Expert in All Things of Every Nature [EATEN] - namely you.

What do you tell them?
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Posted 12 November 2007 - 07:14 AM

What's the configuration of the stores? If they are all, for example, in a straight line, then you can't do it.
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Posted 12 November 2007 - 07:34 AM

Actually,

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Posted 12 November 2007 - 10:27 AM

What's the configuration of the stores? If they are all, for example, in a straight line, then you can't do it.


Ouch. You had to ask ...
I couldn't get a straight answer on that, so the architects and planners called an emergency meeting. Even the mayor came.
The problem with getting executives together is ... when they meet, they think they have to make more decisions.
As you might expect, there is Good News and Bad News.

The good news:
Awaiting your feasibility findings, they haven't laid it out yet. They want your advice on the best layout.
Also, they're dropping some restrictions: You don't have to connect the walkways to the 2nd floor of the stores.

The bad news:
They were going to allow curved walkways. That's out. They have to be straight, and level.
And you won't believe this: one architect told the group he could get a huge price break on the walkways if they were all of the same length.
So they'd like that, if possible; otherwise use whatever lengths work.
They really just want to get this thing done.

Oh, and if it's impossible?
tell them the largest number of stores that can be connected, and they'll just lop some names off the planning list.

By the way, they were impressed with your initiative and insight so far, and they voted to double your consultant fee.

I hope they don't meet again, tho, before we get this thing settled.
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Posted 12 November 2007 - 06:52 PM

W00t
Minneapolis, MN RULES!!!
I lived there for most of my life.
Florida sucks...
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Posted 13 November 2007 - 05:12 AM

W00t
Minneapolis, MN RULES!!!
I lived there for most of my life.
Florida sucks...

It took 10 years for me to acclimate to New York.
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Posted 13 November 2007 - 11:43 PM

At least you got to a bigger city.
Jacksonville's like a third-world area or something.
I've been here two years but I'm movin out soon.
Yeah, I feel a little off topic...
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Posted 14 November 2007 - 02:03 AM

I think Writersblock got it right in his spoiler. However, if you allow some latitude on the guidelines from the FCC, there's a way to do it that allows all stores to get to each other as required and has all walkways the same length
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Posted 14 November 2007 - 09:26 AM

I think Writersblock got it right in his spoiler. However, if you allow some latitude on the guidelines from the FCC, there's a way to do it that allows all stores to get to each other as required and has all walkways the same length

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O Lord, another planning meeting.
Well, at first they loved the idea, calling it forward looking and innovative.
Then their graph theoretician [where did HE come from?] started talking about nodes and verticies ...
And the safety guy got concerned about access to all the stores from just one point.
In the end, sorry to say, all they would offer for the plans was the plastic magnifying glass from a box of Cracker Jacks.

If the maximum is six stores, as has been suggested, they likely will scrap the project.
But they're leaving a 24-hour window for another plan.
Oh, and did I mention? Two more stores want in, bringing the total to 10.

As I left the room I heard someone suggest an evaluation from a guy named Petersen.
Didn't get his first name, but I think it started with J.
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Posted 14 November 2007 - 03:41 PM

In the end, sorry to say, all they would offer for the plans was the plastic magnifying glass from a box of Cracker Jacks.


LOL - do I at least get the Cracker Jacks also? <!-- s:D --><!-- s:D -->
Are there any other rules the FCC wants to give us? Since we couldn't solve for 8 under the strict requirements, there's no way to solve for 10 with the same requirements....

...unless....
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