Infrastructure Discourse: Poorly Regulated and Explicitly Not Sexy?

John Oliver comments on infrastructure in the news. He comments on how poorly regulated infrastructure is in the US (the low grades America receives on its infrastructure report card) and hints that one of the reasons that we are so inattentive to infrastructure is its explicit “not sexiness.” Catastrophe is apparently one of the only reasons to be attentive to infrastructure …

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11 thoughts on “Infrastructure Discourse: Poorly Regulated and Explicitly Not Sexy?

  1. my sense (after heidegger/dewey) is that these things only come to our attention (aren’t taken for granted) when they breakdown, and than of course there are the distances (even antipathies) these days between (what we used to call citizens) tax-payers and governments/civil-servants. We’ll see how the chamber of commerce, scott walker, types like the world they are (un)making without quality infrastructure and reliable upkeep/service and than maybe some light will shine thru the cracks or not…

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    • I know what you’re saying — especially the idea that the wealthy may not be particularly worried about infrastructure, because in their communities, perhaps infrastructure is not so bad and also no matter how expensive access to high quality travel, for example, is, they will undoubtedly be able to afford it.

      On Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 3:18 PM, Installing (Social) Order wrote:

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      • that and there is this maddening (and self-defeating) thing they do where they live in the burbs (rich-white-flight) and work in the cities, so they extract value from the cities while paying taxes elsewhere and justify (and bitch about) this by expressing their distrusts for the left-behinders who govern the cities but who else will fix the city infrastructures and what burb in the long run can make up the losses of state and federal funding, we’re circling the drain…

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          • be interested if folks in the academy have some concrete (sorry) suggestions about how at the ground-levels we dwell in daily we might make do with the (unfolding) less that we will be trying to make our ways in and out of.
            alternate forms of broken terrain person-powered transportation and all, any bricoleurs out there in planning and design circles?

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    • Amazing find — there has to be some way to make these architectural/infrastructural stories make more sense to the public. Not that one can make citizens care, but …

      On Sat, Aug 1, 2015 at 11:43 AM, Installing (Social) Order wrote:

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      • I’m open to any ideas, will be attending a infrastructure meeting of our local (and totally ineffectual) regional planning organization (mostly now exists to get access to federal funding without actually resulting in any regional actions beyond splitting the federal cash) next month to study more of the ways they alll get it wrong.

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    • Also — terrific example of “infrastructural hygiene”

      On Mon, Aug 3, 2015 at 10:07 AM, Nicholas Rowland wrote:

      > Amazing find — there has to be some way to make these > architectural/infrastructural stories make more sense to the public. Not > that one can make citizens care, but … > > On Sat, Aug 1, 2015 at 11:43 AM, Installing (Social) Order comment-reply@wordpress.com> wrote: > >>

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