In Rochester, abandoned wheelchairs are part of the landscape

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Rochester, Minn. — Anyone who has spent much time in Minnesota’s “Med City” can’t help but notice that wheelchairs are everywhere, often in unusual surroundings.

From city parking ramps and downtown sidewalks to park trails and the local mall, the chairs have an inescapable presence.

More than likely, that has to do with the fact that Rochester is home to Mayo Clinic, visited by thousands of patients every day. Many of them use wheelchairs to get around.

The big curiosity is how they end up all over the city with their users nowhere in sight — a slice of life that some local residents can be oblivious to.


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