The main obstacle in repairing America’s roads, bridges, and dams – the most imperiled infrastructures in the developed world – is that the topic is not sexy.
Ironically, many of Hollywood’s blockbuster films focus on attacks to the country’s infrastructure, notes Oliver. After reviewing the evidence and the failed attempts to solve the problem, Oliver’s team ends with a solution of sorts. He delivers a trailer for a blockbuster movie starring Steve Buscemi and Edward Norton that hits the problem of routine maintenance head on.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Infrastructure (HBO):
Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse 1940
(Yes, the Tacoma Narrows bridge collapse was an issue of design not routine maintenance, but it’s a cool picture of imperiled infrastructure nevertheless.)