The Virus Depression (called VD) has greatly changed the way we live. Surveillance mechanisms are now ubiquitous, monitoring temperatures, spacing, coughing. Grocery stores are well-policed, both to enforce health regulations and to guard against the food riots that broke out in late 2020.
Since bridges are generally over-engineered, small cracks usually don’t add enough stress on their own to cause further cracking. But combined with the external forces that created the crack in the first place at some point they lead to progressively larger cracks. Then the stresses start accumulating on the part of the concrete that is still intact as the load shifts, and the process accelerates.
The problem can more probably be seen as a choice between roads and humans services. Seattle chose services.
Are we just bidding farewell to the old normal before entering the new? What’s remarkable is how long-ago that old normal seems now.
Books are a big draw, but the Gronigen Forum also has lots more: movie theaters, exhibition halls, an auditorium, a comics museum, a hip restaurant and bar, and a rooftop "market square" with great views. (And shops.)
It seems to me, having just gotten my daily fill of coronavirus coverage on CNN and MSNBC, that we are moving rapidly into the strange realm of plague mentality, which often results from ignorance and fear.
Instead of concentrating tech companies and venture capital in a few American cities (Seattle, Bay Area, Boston), we should spread the wealth and invest in once-grand legacy cities such as St. Louis, Cincinnati, Cleveland.
“It all depends on the individual inspector. This is how I do it. A card might be stolen. I need to make sure there isn’t a woman’s name on it.”
Metro, which manages the downtown light-rail tunnel as well as King County buses, only gives its buses a "deep cleaning" every 30 days.
Service would run from Renton's Southport to MOHAI on South Lake Union -- a one-hour trip on a fast ferry running hourly, competitive with the already congested routes to South Lake Union but with spectacular views, time and space to work.