WAS MIAMI’S BLACKOUT AN INFRASTRUCTURE RED FLAG?

GlobeSt blogger Jonathan D. Miller is chin deep now in the authorship of his next infrastructure study, his annual opus due out in May and sponsored by the Urban Land Institute and Ernst & Young. So we turned to him for the commentary on last week’s Quick Poll, which obviously had more to do with the state of the infrastructure of US cities than it did with Miami’s blackout. Our poll-takers got that point, with only 20% blaming the outage on a Nuke Fluke, compared with the 80% who see it as Another Sign of Our Corroding Infrastructure. Miller, who is also a partner in the Manhattan-based consulting firm Miller Ryan, says that, poll stats aside, the American public doesn’t yet see the danger our cities are in. Here’s why:

“If Miami was a yellow flag, Katrina was a red flag and so was the Minneapolis bridge collapse, which people have largely dismissed at this point. The same is true of the 2003 Northeast/Midwest blackout. There were some improvements made, but it was pointed out that the electric grid in this country is in a backward state. There haven’t been many major changes and there’s no real national policy about electric power generation. It’s left mostly to the private sector.

Want to continue reading?
Become a Free ALM Digital Reader.

Once you are an ALM digital member, you’ll receive:

  • Unlimited access to GlobeSt and other free ALM publications
  • Access to 15 years of GlobeSt archives
  • Your choice of GlobeSt digital newsletters and over 70 others from popular sister publications
  • 1 free article* every 30 days across the ALM subscription network
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM events and publications

*May exclude premium content
Already have an account?


NOT FOR REPRINT

© 2024 ALM Global, LLC, All Rights Reserved. Request academic re-use from www.copyright.com. All other uses, submit a request to [email protected]. For more information visit Asset & Logo Licensing.

GlobeSt

Join GlobeSt

Don't miss crucial news and insights you need to make informed commercial real estate decisions. Join GlobeSt.com now!

  • Free unlimited access to GlobeSt.com's trusted and independent team of experts who provide commercial real estate owners, investors, developers, brokers and finance professionals with comprehensive coverage, analysis and best practices necessary to innovate and build business.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM and GlobeSt events.
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including ThinkAdvisor.com and Law.com.

Already have an account? Sign In Now
Join GlobeSt

Copyright © 2024 ALM Global, LLC. All Rights Reserved.