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Old 02-04-2009, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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Thought a thread like this might be interesting. Which cities do you believe suffer from not-so-great infrastructure (roadways, mass transit, etc) and/or urban planning?

I would maybe use Los Angeles as an example, because several of the planned freeways went unbuilt, leading to the huge amounts of congestion today. This, combined with a long way to go as far as public transit, means it takes forever to get from one place to another. One could maybe say the same for Atlanta.

Also, throw in which cities you think are the best in this regard.
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Old 02-05-2009, 06:18 AM
 
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what, the actual built infrastructure or just the planning? because most of the built infrastructure in this country is crumbling - except for maybe in the south which has had a lot of expansion.
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Old 02-05-2009, 07:23 AM
 
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Most older cities are in need of some help. Here in Kansas City it seems like a ruptured water main is almost a daily occurrence during the warmer months. They have repaved a lot of the area roads and highways recently but that cannot mask design flaws in the freeways themselves.
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Old 02-05-2009, 08:14 AM
 
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Depends on your definition of bad. Compared to say, Western European cities, just about every major city in America has pretty dismal infrastructure. This gets even truer in more noticeable areas like Public Transportation infrastructure, which is pretty primitive even in our largest cities.
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Old 02-05-2009, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Omaha
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Omaha needs a 1.5 billion dollar sewer system upgrade.
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Old 02-05-2009, 08:47 AM
 
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Depends on your definition of bad. Compared to say, Western European cities, just about every major city in America has pretty dismal infrastructure. This gets even truer in more noticeable areas like Public Transportation infrastructure, which is pretty primitive even in our largest cities.

(yes everyone this is my photo. i walk under these tracks almost every day.)

this is at Hollywood and the L tracks in Chicago. the cement with the steel exposed is the original structure. the yellow steel on either side is there to reinforce the tracks, because the original structure is pretty much useless.

the infrastructure holding up the tracks in Evanston is much, much worse, sometimes with doubled steel bars reinforcing the tracks - many of them looking pretty rusted out. most of these structures are 100 years old or more and have been neglected for almost as long as they've existed.

yesterday, I was in one of the subway stations where I saw a solid block of ice, probably about 7 feet tall that happened because of water dripping down from the surface. makes me feel really safe when I'm underground.

this is pretty indicative of much of the transit infrastructure in Chicago, but there are also many places like this on the highways in the city.
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Old 02-05-2009, 09:58 AM
 
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^^^^^
I've seen a couple of bridges in Buffalo that have exposed steel like this. Cement crumbles to the ground below. Who knows when they'll be repaired?
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Old 02-05-2009, 10:22 AM
 
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Never, if it's up to certain people. Billions of dollars for foreign wars? Check. Billions of dollars for failed CEO's and failed businesses? Check. Money to make sure the infrastructure we travel on every day meets some basic standard of quality?...

Not even the crickets are left on that one.
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