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bakorican

join:2004-02-28
germany

Poles

Never understood Americas fascination with utility poles. Here in Europe everything goes underground, where such issues like rights to a piece of wood don't exist. Nor can cars crash into them or storms take the lines down. On top of it it looks fugly

FloridaBoy

join:2009-06-22
Bradenton, FL
Easy enough answer. Poles are in because it is cheap to put your plant up.

davidhoffman
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join:2009-11-19
Warner Robins, GA
kudos:3
reply to bakorican
Our newer developments have underground utilities. Some are designed with an eye to the future and have space for future uses built in. Retrofitting a city is hugely expensive. Some of the money that might have been used for it went for McMansions and the mortgage mess. We have also spent a fortune on an drug war that cannot be won.