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07/28/2010

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Edward  Boyle

You could let the roads and airports just rot (gasoline/kerosene prices too expensive in future) and let energy investment all go into alternative energy and all the transport investment go into rail. In other words this would be the ideal opportunity to rebuild in a different direction. Say energy gets more and more expensive and funds are rare in a depression. So suburbia becomes inaccessible as nobody can buy gas and housing is abandoned as it is too far out and mortgages unpayable. So abandon whole parts of cities and tear them down. Less roads and sewers, schools and bridges, etc. needed. People can live more centrally with larger, more compact facilities and tighter more urban density. It seems that the lack of money and oil and political inability to agree on anything or do anything is a blessing in diguise. A massive restructuring of the entire country in the sense of peak oil transition is going to happen almost automatically as things fall apart and people gather more centrally and use larger facilites more intensively cannibalizing older facilities/neighbourhoods for repairs. There is no need to simply repair things you don't need. Shrink healthily. Small is beautiful.

Bill Mcdonald

It's really amazing that our country is totally falling apart and we can't
do anything about it because we're broke.

Why are we broke? The obvious answer is all the money, like spaghetti, was tossed against the wall to bail out the bankers, our "masters of the universe." Or the trillions have been bled out in the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Face it, China is about to cancel our credit card and we ain't got a pot to piss in or a window to toss it out of.

Our own ego and hubris have well and truly screwed us.

Robin Gilbert

Los Angeles International Airport went through a big remodeling in preparation for the 1984 Olympics and at that time the roadway for departure flights at the central terminal was made into a suspension bridge with the roadway for passenger pick up put underneath, at ground level. It was a quick and dirty job. In 2003 engineers of the California Dept of Transportation, Caltrans, did a study of the upper roadway and said that the joints were failing. A more recent report by Caltrans was even more critical. When it rains in Los Angeles there are leaks throughout the Central Terminal and by way of explanation, the upper roadway is connected to the terminal and is torquing the terminal causing decreased integrity of the structure.

How short-sighted the decision makers are in this city. The supporters of the Olympics in LA say that the games made money for us but city services are being cut back and when the Central LAX Terminal falls down on top of thousands of people they will find out how expensive it really was.

Mike

Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs speaks to one aspect of the issue 3 years ago ... watch his YouTube here ...

http://www.americanmadeheroes.com/rowe.html

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