Friday, August 17, 2007

Eye pollution



It bugs me to be driving along and encounter so many poles. Call it my pet peeve. In my ideal world cables would be buried, billboards would be eliminated, and street signs would be limited to only the most crucial. Oh, and we'd have traffic circles (roundabouts) like the British instead of start-&-stop intersections with traffic lights.

There. I feel better.

6 comments:

jo(e) said...

I hate all the poles too, but your photo is pretty cool.

Ianqui said...

You could move to New York City--all of the electrical wiring is underground. No poles in sight :)

Sentient Marrow said...

Well, Beth, I agree with you on every point but the traffic circles... I am guessing you've never driven in NJ where traffic circles and crazy drivers abound and the two do not go together 18 wheelers are also a bit scary in traffic circles.

my15minutes said...

Underground wiring is treated like some kind of luxury here. I don't get it. Our German exchange student was mortified, I remember, because to her sensibilities, above ground power lines were backward....she couldn't believe it was still done that way. Neither can I. I guess most cities have underground power lines, and in our downtown that is certainly true. But out here in the burbs is another matter.

You're right Dalissa, I've never done traffic circles in NJ. I'd be content just to see them on secondary roads where 18 wheelers rarely travel. But I've seen in work so swimminly in Edinburough and other major cities with large traffic loads; I can't see why it couldn't work if implemented well in the good ol'USA.

Colleen said...

You betcha. Buried lines make good sense, all aesthetics aside. Every time there are major power outages in the Pacific NW because of trees falling on lines, one has to wonder when the powers that be will get the wake up call...

nimiecat said...

Ah, never spent much time in DC, either. The circles are extremely scary.