Musing on Deteriorating Urban Infrastructure


“Roads in suburban neighborhoods are better than urban”
subsidized neighborhoods.

I’ve heard this railed on the news, re some speech a politician was giving to establish an us vs them tactic. Infrastructure depends on the mayor of the community and the tax base. Reminds me of the road to Secret Lake. One bend is through a foot of water. Keep one eye on the rock above and the other on the rock in front of you. Nice little town when you get there. They don’t seem to complain about their geographical circumstances. I wonder if people who live in inner cities are aware of the great little towns that exist amid treacherous terrain? These towns were built by the residents, some of whom lost limb and life in the process. Are the neighborhoods nestled between mountainous highrises equally harrowing to inhabit?

Most of suburbia is the stereotypical ‘middle class’. They play the game. It’s their game. They are eating the Amazon. But urban low income areas have an advantage—they can choose a better way. They aren’t locked into the prison of consumption. They can devise new flexible lifestyles and reinvent their neighborhoods.

Organize your world. People will organize money making schemes to pay for the road crew to come and fix it their urban blocks, neighborhood by neighborhood. Problem is… all the systems. Currently low income urban neighborhoods have outdated infrastructure above and below ground. Start and it’s electrical, sewer, gas, cabling. Don’t do it, and the patch job becomes a liability. Urban infrastructure is currently in a state of degradation. Gentrification puts the onus on the individual buyer for upgrade. Stratification makes the developer responsible. How much retrofit can occur without displacing the residents who depend on affordable housing and transport?

One way, find out who’s interested— put up $1k every few blocks for the resident who gives a crap. Maybe they are a pillar in the community, they have a clean frontage, or a safe place for kids to hang out. Give them the cash and fancy certificate. Reward the ones who know the way. Listen to what each neighborhood needs. A grade eleven student can set up an Excel spread sheet and track the best modifications for the urban planners who are mired in group think.

Start small and the big money will catch up when they catch wind. Build neighborhoods like the residents of those great little towns in the wilderness, make do and make it better.



Inner City Suggestion Box: Leave little beater electric cars everywhere and anyone can use it with their registered scan card. Got an appointment? Cool there’s a little beater electric car parked over there. First come, first serve. Left in good shape cause the last guy had all the vehicle data logged on his account. Knows how fast he went and where he left it plugged in. Next up. Drop five hundred of these little Jetsons around a few cities. They stay in a range, for shopping, appointments, to pick up the kids. Find one with your phone. Did you know GMC made a cool little electric truck in the nineties? Ran great, some still do.



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