Solid waste, sewage, bridges—public works rocks. Now, the editors of PUBLIC WORKS have concocted an iTunes playlist that celebrates all things infrastructure. Click here to view the playlist, which includes ditties by Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, Martina McBride, and other musicians with public works on the brain.
WTP gets wooly
In 2008, the Portage, Ind., water reclamation facility plans to start using filters made from fleece. Public works director Craig Hendrix says the plant currently uses sand filters that process 2 gallons per minute; the sheepish filters could double that figure. The filters come courtesy of a $3 million U.S. Army Corps of Engineers grant.
Cash-Hungary village sells streets
Ivad, Hungary, is selling the rights to name its streets for about $156 a foot. However, if you're looking to get an ego boost from visiting the lane with your moniker, prepare for disappointment: Hungarian law mandates that roadways can only be named after dead people.