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.

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