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Rebecca April 16, 2013 at 01:49 am
Don't underestimate the cost. It would be in the Billions to retrofit and bury the thousands ofRead More linear miles of different cable types. You need to excavate (assuming there is nothing in the way, like existing underground utilities), provide different steel conduits for each utility (gas, electric, fiber optic, telephone, etc.), and keep them far enough apart - or encase them in concrete - to avoid interfering with each other. Plus extra pullboxes/manholes. And all that labor to do the research and the work. And don't forget either: NYC has underground utilities. Which got just as flooded out during Sandy. Burying cable is not the cure-all solution. Plant trees between the curb and buildings - that is the sensible thing to do.
Randy Stults April 16, 2013 at 12:41 pm
Rebecca-NYC underground system was installed by the Pilgrims when they came to the island. InRead More todays world like in the RICH neighborhoods of LI they already have underground services. Some years ago the City of Palo Alto, CA VOTED to go underground. They approved a 10 year and only 10 year service charge of $10.00 per month and down came the poles and wires. Since water and natural gas were already there is was a easily done. House values increase, damage from wind and earthquakes dropped and neighborhood ambiance increased ten fold....But then again the people HAVE A VOICE there and sometimes get it right....
bill maron April 18, 2013 at 01:14 pm
If you dont replace curbside trees, you will eventually be a bleak city block. The trees selectedRead More don't rip up sidewalks. Replace every tree that is taken down.... we need them