Tonight's steam blast explosion in Midtown--which killed one person and injured at least 20--was a reminder of just how fragile New York is, even if Osama bin Laden were not trying to kill us all. Of course people were anxiously concerned about terrorism, but all evidence so far points to antiquated infrastructure.
New York is a cutting edge town in many ways, but physically it is balky, old and lumbering. Some personal cases in point--Last night we tried to run the air conditioner for a little while (we use it sparingly), and ended up blowing out three fuses! Our Internet connection does not work when the land line rings (a rare event), even though we have a splitter that should make everything work perfectly. And when we came back from Nigeria, the pipes spit out water for the first few days.
This is far from deprivation; New York is an amazing place to live, and I will miss it very much. But it is bursting at the seams. If 1 million more people join the City's ranks by 2030--the current projection--New York will have to step into the 21st century.