Downtown London (Ontario) is a disaster today. There is a giant sinkhole at the main intersection of the city (Dundas and Wellington Streets) and there are sections of the city without power because of cut power lines. Traffic conditions might best be described as chaotic. No, there was no terror attack. The problem, I imagine, is because London's infrastructure, as it is in many North American cities, is decaying. There is always money for frippery it seems, but not always for what really matters like drainage systems, water mains, sewers, and for fixing London's ubiquitous potholes.
One of the businesses I operate is a courier/messenger service. The drivers are having a lot of fun (he said sarcastically) getting around today. It seems that the people who are working in our downtown London buildings are still churning out documents and whatnot for our drivers to deliver, and are using candlelight to illuminate their workspaces. Maybe my drivers should be abandoning their vehicles and doing their deliveries on horseback instead. Where is the nearest stable?
I have read some pretty alarming facts and statistics about the state of infrastructure in North America. What has happened here in London today is going to be happening more and more frequently across Canada and the United States. Systems that should have been replaced decades ago are still in place and are growing more dangerous every day. As far as I know, no-one has been hurt by the sinkhole here in London, thank goodness.
I'm waiting to see what is going to happen next.
Update: My operations manager just popped his head into my office (yes, his body was attached) to announce that a downtown shopping mall is going to be shut down for at least a week, and a large office tower complex would be closed for a minimum of two days.