One of the things that I think that I have trouble realizing is that if I were to drive in a straight line, as straight as possible, at least, to the other side of the country, there would be no way that I would not encounter traffic. That is just how it is and that totally blows my mind. I would love for there for be a way for all of the construction to finally get done, but that would never happen. The reason why that would never happen is simple: things break and wear down and as a result they need to be fixed. This is what leads there to be lots of traffic cones and pylons to be located on my street.
I live in Denver, Colorado and it seems like every season is construction season here. When I refer to those cones on my street, I think that they are there for eventually replacing many of the pipes that run under the street. These pipes are fabricated by different companies like Turner Industries so that they can be placed in the street and keep the infrastructure of the city moving. Without that kind of infrastructure, cities like Denver would fail and it would be a huge issue to not have water in a city like ours. Looking toward the future, the big issue is going to be keeping water going through the pipes. The pipes will be available because the industrial construction companies will continue to produce here in America, but water may become scarce. That is something that scares me quite a bit. I think that is going to be the next big issue because so much of our agriculture and livelihoods depend on water – just like everywhere else. Nevertheless, I guess that I am getting away from what I really wanted to be talking about and that was the fact that there are still a number of companies and organizations out there that are making these pipes for the ground.
I appreciate being able to think about all of the different layers of actors when it comes to making the city work. I worked for the city for a couple of years and the complexity of the business operations that goes on is really impressive. That is why I think it is pretty cool that from the people that are bending the fabricated pipes to those that are actually putting them in the ground there are many layers of importance. I would be very interested to see that kind of work put into a flow chart because I think that it would revel a number of things. First, it would be clear that there is waste being produced between levels and some of the levels are redundant, and second that a number of the levels could be improve through the development of different processes that could be put into place. I am a fan of a certain level of hierarchy and I think that it could improve a number of different processes throughout the city of Denver.