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  • Have inspectors gone rogue?

    Are general contractors afraid to say something for fear of retaliation?

  • Fountain repair

    It's taking 16 months to repair the Latona Fountain at the Palace of Versailles near Paris.

  • Public works: the first line of defense

    I have a confession to make: I lifted the “first line” line from Municipal Water & Sewer’s editor. Luke Laggis was reminding readers that they’re health care workers. “’Sanitas’ is the Latin word for health,” he writes, quoting a World Health Organization adviser. “Maintaining the health of the...

  • There’s a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on

    For those of you who aren’t county engineers experiencing the consequences daily, oil and gas drilling equipment is extremely hard on rural roads. Now, according to a fascinating New Yorker article, pavement (and other stuff) is being damaged by another energy-industry practice.

  • Imagine restoring this fountain!

    Several years ago, my lovely suburban Chicago village installed a fountain in the central business district. It’s wonderful. Every warm evening, people of all ages are sitting on the surrounding benches, listening to the tinkle of the water, and relaxing.

  • Keep those job descriptions coming!

    In March I offered to post help wanted announcements to the Public Works magazine website, Linked In group, and weekly e-newsletter. All for free.

  • Calling all water, sewer professionals!

    How do you plan to improve utility operations over the coming year?

  • Springing into summer

    Answer these 10 questions to ensure parks, trails, and playgrounds are ready to (safely) rock.

  • No one sues themselves

    How to form a disabilities committee that turns ‘difficult’ people into powerful allies.

  • Ground surface and wheelchair users

    A short video you once showed on high-vibration vs. smooth ground surfaces has stayed with me in all my sidewalk, patio, and outdoor assembly area design projects. I heard the U.S. Access Board has researched the effects of ground surfaces on wheelchair users. If so, can you tell us more about it...