Does your city have good back-up plans when things go wrong?
I'm sitting at home tearing my hair out over the work that's piling up because BART is shut down due to a massive fire, and carpools, buses, and ferries are at a standstill across all bridges. I'm not going in to the city because I might not have a way to get home. Anyone else in the Bay Area experiencing this? Wanna take a walk?
Those who have been covering traffic for decades say it's the worst commute disaster in recent history. Everyone else (including me) just say it's ridiculous that we don't have a good back up plan when one thing goes wrong. One transit system breaks down and all of the sudden nothing functions?
I actually normally take a carpool to SF, then BART back, but both right now might have me in the office more than a few hours late, and trapped on the other side until the wee hours smashed into the sweaty, panicked bodies of everyone else who's freaking out. (It'd help if my work situation weren't so crazy and I had network access as well.) Oh, and there's a Giants game after last night's perfect game, and the US Open starts in the city today ...
Of course, things of this nature have happened before in the Bay Area. Every time there's a jumper on a bridge, or there's a random bike accident or a fire at a tiny building, the entire bay comes to a halt. What if a sewer collapses? What if there's an earthquake? What if iPhones have a network glitch for a day? People wander around chewing their limbs off not reading signs or listening to announcements as it is - how can they be expected to deal with anything more than a normal day as it is?
There's something about the Bay Area. I feel like other major cities and their people can deal with circumstances better. Of course, it reflects upon what is "normal". In any other international city, you just stand on the train platform and wait for the next one to come in a few minutes, because there are multiple tracks and multiple trains. Here, you wait 20 minutes to push yourself into everyone's asscracks, and that's a regular commute.
If there's a natural disaster or a crazy person starts shooting, people know how to make their way out of buildings and walk across bridges out of the city. Here, we tear off our clothes and start banging bones on pots. I remember when some cell phone network was down for a couple of hours - people were found kneeling in the middle of the street sobbing around bonfires.
The rest of the country looks at the Bay Area and thinks we're all flaky and helpless, right? I feel like we need some kind of technology apocalypse and go back to agrarian ways to wake the eff up.
Feelings on your city?