The explanation behind London's rash of sewer surprises is actually pretty simple, and even a pyrotechnic's take on the phenomenon is only a big deal up close and in slow motion (which, this being a YouTube video, it is).
A city falls apart gradually, then suddenly. When a descending subway escalator in Rome accelerated last week, shoveling passengers into a writhing pile at the bottom, the lurch produced more than 20 literal injuries (a man lost his foot) and one glaring metaphor.
The story of a map, a bayou and hundreds of millions of dollars in development.
As the Michigan city's water crisis drags on, the state's highest-ranking health official faces criminal charges. But he's still on the job.
Fifty years ago, New Orleans razed a thriving African-American business corridor to construct an elevated expressway. Now, the Claiborne Corridor community reimagines the space below as a hub of culture, commerce and play.
2017 was the costliest wildfire season in American history. The National Centers for Environmental Information estimates that were $18.4 billion in wildfire-related damages, including three separate California fires that topped $1 billion.
But the increasing adoption of connected appliances (with many home appliances now coming with connectivity by default) and the difficulty of applying security patches to such devices make a Mirai-style botnet of refrigerators increasingly plausible, if not likely.
"Bridges are dynamic structures. They need to be maintained. They are a machine."
The Sustainable Singapore Movement is an ongoing effort by the island city-state to create an environmentally clean and beautiful home for future generations.
Like mobile phones that have bypassed the need for a cabled telephone infrastructure, some engineers, designers and humanitarian workers argue not for better sewage systems, but for smarter toilets.
The bar for senior pranks has been raised.
In every single state, a portion of the population doesn't have access to broadband, and some have no access to the internet at all.
For nearly a century, a vast system of underground pipes run by the London Hydraulic Power Company pumped water to power hotels, shops, offices, mansion blocks, hotels, docks, factories and more.
Nearly 80 years ago, a construction standstill derailed the subway into its present crisis.
It’s making public transit worse.
The gas tax is bad, and there's a better way forward.
"When I tell you this is the worst thing I've seen in all my life, being in the business for 30+ years, owning since I was a kid, this is a disaster."
Nearly six months after the storm, residents of a Texas town face red tape, long waits and "a gigantic housing crisis."
Waste removal is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. On the darkened streets of New York City, it's a race for survival.
It built the city. Now, no matter the cost — at least $100 billion — the city must rebuild it to survive.
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