American Infrastructure

By: Gustav Hoiland

Nov 29 2012

Category: Uncategorized

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Aperture:f/4
Focal Length:50mm
ISO:1600
Shutter:1/30 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Every Day

A date rescheduled, recalendarized, had postponement applied to its very core. As the helicopters chopped the skies above my abode, their cameras pointed over the river to the sea of darkness flooding Cambridge. Transportation systems disrupted, illumination snuffed, an eruption on Twitter that provided countless first-hand accounts of what was really happening (news? radio? no. twitter.com/search/ and enter the two words that first come to mind).

I’m no engineer, far from it. But I can’t help but observe the everyday infrastructure that runs this nation and wonder. First things I think are of the unions that bloat the work itself, (admittedly unfounded – again, I don’t know what goes into roadwork) then the three cops that need to stand at the worksite for eight hours in the cold to… I don’t know. I really have no idea what they do.

It’s all the complete opposite of the nimble start-up that fixes a small problem for an entity and gets its fair compensation for it. It’s capital budgeting, estimations, review processes, government contracting, mountains of paperwork, and roads that look like this picture. For months. And unexpected power outages that plunge the world’s most technically advanced university into complete darkness.

Shanghai spoiled me.

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