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Rail service indeed.

Instead, urban planning of the 60s designed highways that tore through neighborhoods and allowed business people quick exits to the suburbs.

Ironically, those businesspeople have now had to move farther out as their first ring suburbs deteriorated, and even the water and sewage lines (made out of cheaper materials) began to burst. We had a snowstorm here that caused flooding a few years ago, and these first ring burbs were without water because their systems couldn't take the pressure.

Meanwhile, the city rolls along with 150 year old pipes made of lead coated with all kinds of sediment. They've never had to dig up the system in a century and a half.

by Upstate NY on Thu Jun 18th, 2009 at 04:00:36 PM EST
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