Thunder Bay – Hail The Maintainers

An interesting article forwarded to me by J.C. makes an good point. That maintaining  infrastructure matters more to people than so-called innovation.

This is something that our high salaried residents of City Hall need to understand.  People benefit more from living in a well maintained city than a city where infrastructure is allowed to rust and rot away from neglect, torn down and then rebuilt.

Sometimes the latest and greatest is not the bestest.

The problem is that maintenance costs money and the City of Thunder Bay is broke.  Queens Park does not hand out cash for infrastructure maintenance.  Nope.  Nothing glamorous about maintenance. That won’t get Mike ‘The Wallet’ Gravelle one second of free press coverage.

Soooo, its all about tearing old things down and building new things to replace them….then neglect to maintain said new thing for decades….then tear the old thing down and build new thing to replace it….then neglect….sigh….I think you get the picture.

Hail The Maintainers!

Capitalism excels at innovation but is failing at maintenance, and for most lives it is maintenance that matters more.

As the pursuit of innovation has inspired technologists and capitalists, it has also provoked critics who suspect that the peddlers of innovation radically overvalue innovation. What happens after innovation, they argue, is more important. Maintenance and repair, the building of infrastructures, the mundane labour that goes into sustaining functioning and efficient infrastructures, simply has more impact on people’s daily lives than the vast majority of technological innovations.

The most unappreciated and undervalued forms of technological labour are also the most ordinary: those who repair and maintain technologies that already exist, that were ‘innovated’ long ago. –

read full article here


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