Feb. 1, 2013
While former “mayor for life” Stephen R. Reed was busy driving the city of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania into bankruptcy so he could pay for the truly essential items of running a municipal government – such as a Seventh Cavalry telescope, a Vampire Kit, and Virgil Earp’s watch and badge – he apparently forgot about replacing the city’s deteriorating nineteenth-century gas and water pipes.
Now those old leaky pipes are causing the streets to collapse, and Harrisburg can’t borrow the money to make the necessary repairs.
As the Wall Street Journal reports:
A sinkhole, measuring about 50 feet long and eight feet deep, had swallowed [Harrisburg-resident] Ms. [Sherri] Lewis’s street, damaging water and gas pipes and forcing more than a dozen residents to evacuate one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. “I thought the world was ending,” says Ms. Lewis, 42 years old.