Wednesday, July 18, 2007

A failure of our infrastructure: sounds familiar?

A pipe that was laid in 1924 burst today underneath East 41st street and Lexington Avenue. It happened just before 6 pm this evening as commuters headed home for the day. One person died due to cardiac arrest and there are reports that between 15-20 have been critically injured.

Earlier today, The New York Times reported that roughly six years after 9/11, Americans face the same threat from terrorists. We're no better off now than we were then after 6 years of the war on terror. Frankly, I think that Mayor Bloomberg said it all when he said that this is a failure of our infrastructure.

Sounds familiar? Army Corps of Engineers? Levee failure?

People can sniff that the waste laid to Louisiana was the fault of geography, but poor infrastructure is a problem for all Americans. Politicians give contracts to their friends and benefactors, no one wants to do the hard work for the lousy pay, projects never receive the attention they need. Be prepared for more and more incidents like this.

I hope everyone managed to get home safe. It took me over an hour to get from Midtown West to Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn and I just assumed it was the usual MTA jazz and all we heard was that there was a disturbance at Grand Central due to which service would be suspended from 86th street to Brooklyn Bridge. Everyoone just grumbled about the delays and didn't blink an eye. At what point do we expect better?


Blogger R J Keefe said...

You are so right about infrustructure! Nobody wants to take care of anything old.

Thu Jul 19, 04:14:00 PM  

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