Eugene David
...The One-Minute Pundit

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

In the somber aftermath of a catastrophe, talk of inspections -- or the lack thereof.

Indiana native Paul Harding, a fellow at the American Institute of Architects and partner in a Chicago architectural firm, called the lack of a building permit and inspections "a very serious problem."

"If something is not permitted, the whole system is short-circuited," he said. "You don't have the checks and balances you would normally get with a project."

He said his first reaction when he saw the photos of the stage before it fell was that it looked "unbelievably flimsy."

"And after looking at the photographs of (structural pieces) after the collapse," he said, "they seemed thinner and more delicate than you would expect for a structure like that."

And no, the problem isn't climate change, it's suspending 25 TONS OF EQUIPMENT with Tinkertoys and baling wire.

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