Friday, December 05, 2008

Friday Fantastic Four

I love massive projects.  The Big Dig?  Incredible!  I can watch shows about it all day long.  Well.  Unless the show is about this.  I also think that big public works projects, when well-planned and not subject to political whim are generally good for society.  This country has a history of doing it BIG.  But recently, many of the world's massive projects are being done overseas.  Some of that is the NIMBY nature of folks here in the US.  Some of it has to do with ill-informed media naysayers.

I think what our economic crisis needs is some massive construction projects.  Thus, this week's Fantastic Four:

What four BIG projects would you like to see completed?

  1. The American Commerce Center in Center City Philadelphia.
  2. A Big Dig-style project that would bury I-95 though Philadelphia and re-connect the city with its river.
  3. A network of off-shore wind turbines for clean, safe power
  4. The soccer stadium in Chester

How about you?  What would you build?

1 comment:

PCole said...

Scientific American described a grand plan for solar energy:
"A vast area of photovoltaic cells would have to be erected in the Southwest. Excess daytime energy would be stored as compressed air in underground caverns to be tapped during nighttime hours."
I don't have three others. This is the most important thing this generation can accomplish and it needs to be done.