The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

The Washington, D.C. Sewers:
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Jan 9, 2012

A small pizza-size hole opened up after a truck drove over a freshly paved street in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C. It seemed minor enough, but when city inspectors actually looked into the hole they discovered a huge problem. A massive 19th century brick sewer had eroded away, leaving a cavern beneath the street large enough to swallow a Metro bus.

D.C.’s sewers are old, like this one built in 1889. These should have been replaced decades ago as opposed to the repair-as-it-falls-to-pieces method currently in place.

Some D.C. residents actually thought that since our water and sewer bill had gone up 50% in the last four years the city had finally figured out that flushing toilets are superior to chamber pots and raw sewage in the streets.

They obviously gave way too much credit to the city.