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Old 10-08-2009, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Bergen County, NJ
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In the U.S., wherever you go, except the large cities and few other places have overhead power lines. In Europe, they are all mostly underground power lines. OK, I know it's much cheaper with overhead, but it looks so ugly (expecially those with thick & very visible lines). We all pay taxes, and the country is extremely rich... why not start to make underground power lines? Especially in the densely populated areas.
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Old 10-08-2009, 06:04 PM
 
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In the U.S., wherever you go, except the large cities and few other places have overhead power lines. In Europe, they are all mostly underground power lines. OK, I know it's much cheaper with overhead, but it looks so ugly (expecially those with thick & very visible lines). We all pay taxes, and the country is extremely rich... why not start to make underground power lines? Especially in the densely populated areas.
It's not only about aesthetics...underground lines are more difficult and costly to repair, and problems in the lines are more difficult to identify. Of course underground lines look better - you can't see them. But I would say there are more important issues to deal with first, and that's probably why there usually isn't enough money left over for beautification projects.
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Old 10-08-2009, 06:13 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Already had this debate a while ago under a different name. http://www.city-data.com/forum/gener...wer-lines.html

When are you going to start on the Metric vs Imperial measurement system?
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Old 10-08-2009, 06:19 PM
 
Location: 304
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Who said we were rich?

Last time I checked, we were in trillions of dollars of debt!

It isn't the governments call anyway
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Old 10-08-2009, 08:10 PM
 
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$$$
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Old 10-10-2009, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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As a person with a photography hobby, I hate them but if you live in a mountainous area, it make more sense to me to have them above ground. As another poster also said, it harder and more expensive to replace the undergound ones.
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Old 10-10-2009, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Cold Frozen North
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I'm not sure that most suburbs have overhead power lines. I have lived in 3 suburbs over the last 30 years and my house had underground power lines in all 3 areas.
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Old 10-10-2009, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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In the U.S., wherever you go, except the large cities and few other places have overhead power lines. In Europe, they are all mostly underground power lines. OK, I know it's much cheaper with overhead, but it looks so ugly (expecially those with thick & very visible lines). We all pay taxes, and the country is extremely rich... why not start to make underground power lines? Especially in the densely populated areas.
You already answered your own question. The majority of new suburbs seem to have underground power lines; especially in deed restricted/gated communities????
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Old 10-11-2009, 02:20 AM
 
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Because underground lines are expensive to install and the ural areas are mostly low taced and revenues areas with limited codes.
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Old 10-11-2009, 07:30 AM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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Am I the only one who barely notice power lines?
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