comments 4

Bangkok has a lot of messy wires

Actor Russell Crowe tweeted this out back in October while he was in Bangkok filming a movie:

It’s a photo of the city’s notoriously messy communication wires. As I understand it, many or most of these wires aren’t even active. The telecom industry just has a very ad hoc approach to running new ones and there’s also nobody responsible for removing any of the old ones.

In response to this tweet, the Prime Minster of Thailand, Prayut Chan-o-cha, has called for these utilities to be tidied up and put underground. No more mess! Who knows if it’ll actually happen, but it’s kind of cool to see what can be done with a single tweet.

I wish I could say that my tweets were also capable of inspiring such swift urban action.

4 Comments

  1. Check the side of any old house in the core of Toronto and you’ll see a mess of phone and cable wires stapled to the side of the house going back to the 1940s – all of which do not work, save one. Rogers profiting from messing the commons. Pretty standard in laissez-faire capitalism I think.
    mh

    Like

  2. Check the side and the back alley of any old house in the core of Toronto and you’ll see a mess of phone and cable wires stapled to the side of the house going back to the 1950s – all of which do not work, save one.

    Rogers profiting from messing the commons. Pretty standard in laissez-faire capitalism, I think.

    Like

  3. Ocean Jangda

    Now we just need Russell Crowe to tweet something about the missing middle in North American cities…

    Like

  4. daniel b

    buried wires, and wires strung from the rear of buildings instead of the front, are underestimated as a reason why montreal is so much nicer looking than toronto…

    Like

Leave a Reply to Michael Holloway Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s