Thursday, January 10, 2013

Happy Birthday London Underground!

The London underground just turned 150 years old and is looking pretty good!  Sure we can complain about the shortcomings in the system, and there are some.  But that system has been working pretty darn well for a century and a half, which is a remarkable achievement for any piece of engineering. 
Just try to imagine London without the tube.  It seems to me pretty obvious that London without the tube would be a much worse, and maybe pretty awful, place.  I don’t think there is a better example anywhere of how a well-designed and well-built transport (sic) system can support a civilized society.
And for many of us, the public history is enriched by our own personal histories of rides taken and memories cherished.

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