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  • But this was an isolated incident. It couldn't be part of a trend when cutting the budget to essential services.
  • This appears to be a trend with our aging infrastructure.

    We know things need to be updated but we choose to put our resources into something else.

    -The levies in New Orleans.
    -That bridge in Minneapolis that collapsed due to lack of maintenance
    -Half of the New England seaboard apparently.

    We always just seem to forget these things until it's too late.

    It's a shame and a problem!
  • Then the rates would go up, and people would biatch about that too.
  • Mitt would have already solved this issue using corporate funds.
  • Blah-blah-blah.

    Get your ladders out.

    Power companies: share your technological knowledge.

    I know a thousand handy folks who could help.

    Help is help ion a crisis.

    Word.
  • God bless FDR for introducing the term 'natural monopoly.'
  • SlappyKincaid: -That bridge in Minneapolis that collapsed due to lack of maintenance


    The 35W bridge didn't collapse due to lack of maintenance. It collapsed because of a design flaw that was overlooked in inspections and a few tons of extra weight put on the bridge while ... get this ... doing maintenance.

    /and unlike - say New York City - we can rebuild shiat in under a decade
  • Utilities hate doing overhead-type work. Not overhead as in elevation, but as in part of the cost of doing business that doesn't lead to revenue. In my area they hate to remove old utility poles. Unless the pole falls down and hurts somebody it costs nothing. Removing a pole costs money. Relocating poles costs money. Shutting off gas service to a house awaiting demolition costs money.

    They will do maintenance like tree trimming that helps reduce costs in the 1-5 year timeframe.
  • Wow are Ny'ers finally wondering where all their high ass tax money has been going
  • Have not been back in 26 years..I lived a coupla miles from the LILCO stacks.
    Those were old then. They had waaaaay to much time to ...never mind..
  • And this is a surprise to anyone because?
  • I blame Bush AND laugh at Romney.
  • gingerjet: SlappyKincaid: -That bridge in Minneapolis that collapsed due to lack of maintenance

    The 35W bridge didn't collapse due to lack of maintenance. It collapsed because of a design flaw that was overlooked in inspections and a few tons of extra weight put on the bridge while ... get this ... doing maintenance.

    /and unlike - say New York City - we can rebuild shiat in under a decade


    I'm sorry. I could be remembering wrong. I thought that they learned that years before on routine inspection and then failed to correct, which, in my eyes, is a maintenance failure at that point.
  • They didn't give their employees iPads?! CRUCIFY THEM!!
  • gingerjet: SlappyKincaid: -That bridge in Minneapolis that collapsed due to lack of maintenance

    The 35W bridge didn't collapse due to lack of maintenance. It collapsed because of a design flaw that was overlooked in inspections and a few tons of extra weight put on the bridge while ... get this ... doing maintenance.

    /and unlike - say New York City - we can rebuild shiat in under a decade


    Thank you.

    And one really good reason for not making improvements is that people won't pay for them. Like in the thread the other day where people were wondering why the powerlines aren't buried so the winds can't knock them down. It's farking expensive and people will almost always go for the cheapest option.
  • We need to ditch the unions to get costs under control and actually get an honest days work out of the employees...
  • apacheco: Wow are Ny'ers finally wondering where all their high ass tax money has been going


    Retrofitting public buildings to support fatter politicians and lobbyists?
  • SlappyKincaid: This appears to be a trend with our aging infrastructure.

    We know things need to be updated but we choose to put our resources into something else.

    -The levies in New Orleans.
    -That bridge in Minneapolis that collapsed due to lack of maintenance
    -Half of the New England seaboard apparently.

    We always just seem to forget these things until it's too late.

    It's a shame and a problem!


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    New York and New Jersey are not New England.
  • It's Obama's fault.

    Everything that went wrong in Katrina was Bush's fault, so this is Obama's fault. Period. People are suffering and aren't getting the help they need. You can't blame anyone except Obama.
  • SlappyKincaid: This appears to be a trend with our aging infrastructure.

    We know things need to be updated but we choose to put our resources into something else.

    -The levies in New Orleans.
    -That bridge in Minneapolis that collapsed due to lack of maintenance
    -Half of the New England seaboard apparently.

    We always just seem to forget these things until it's too late.

    It's a shame and a problem!


    Not to worry, our government will come to the rescue when things get really bad.
  • Cosmic J: gingerjet: SlappyKincaid: -That bridge in Minneapolis that collapsed due to lack of maintenance

    The 35W bridge didn't collapse due to lack of maintenance. It collapsed because of a design flaw that was overlooked in inspections and a few tons of extra weight put on the bridge while ... get this ... doing maintenance.

    /and unlike - say New York City - we can rebuild shiat in under a decade

    Thank you.

    And one really good reason for not making improvements is that people won't pay for them. Like in the thread the other day where people were wondering why the powerlines aren't buried so the winds can't knock them down. It's farking expensive and people will almost always go for the cheapest option.


    Yep.

    I guarantee you that, now that the maintenance problem has been raised, three things will happen, in this order

    1. People will scream in outrage, demanding that everything be upgraded, maintained, etc.
    2. Local pols will develop a new budget, calling for an increase in sales, property or whatever relevant tax is needed to meet need in #1.
    3. Tax will go on next ballot, and be voted down by people, who don't want any more taxes.

    Then things will go on as before, until the next storm. Then everything will fall down again.
  • philotech: We need to ditch the unions to get costs under control and actually get an honest days work out of the employees...


    Yup it's ALWAYS the union's fault.

    /and the brainwashing continues
  • "barack obama hates white people" kanye east
  • From experience, Union work is always over budget and behind schedule... Ditch the unions and you get the work done twice as fast for half the price... The only drawback is you get a bunch of lazy dicks sitting next to an inflatable rat drinking coffee and reading newspapers all day.
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