I’m kind of surprised the building collapse in Philadelphia yesterday that killed 6 people isn’t getting more attention. One of the buildings that collapsed was scheduled for demolition and appears to have been improperly assessed for safety and structural risks before the demolition was given the green light. The building took down part of the Salvation Army thrift store next door.
Color me unsurprised. I’ve driven through neighborhoods in Philadelphia where whole streets full of row houses look like they are on the verge of collapse and I am not exaggerating. But this catastrophe happened in Center City which you would think is a bit more upscale.
Anyway, 6 people dead is more than the number of dead in the Boston Marathon bombing, although, presumably, there are fewer lost limbs. But still, you would think that this event, which foreshadows more tragedies from neglect and underfunding of services, would get round-the-clock coverage and the kind of hysteria only terrorism can generate. Oh sure, it’s front page news but where’s The Lede?
Our infrastructure, transportation system, civil service and buildings are getting to be third world quality. But to the extraordinarily wealthy and powerful, we might as well all be living in Bangladesh. Does this kind of tragedy even merit a “Oh, those poor people!” from them anymore or are they so wrapped up in their psychotic anger over rental bikes and rail/tunnel expansions that they are becoming self-parodies? Are they so determined to keep things comfortable for themselves that the rest of us are forbidden from moving forward?
What’s wrong with rich people these days? Are they so full of their might and power that the rest of us are no longer have free will or are human? Aren’t slaves unable to protest their conditions or change their lives?