The Big Crumble – a quiet weekend

| July 31, 2006

Well, no new loose bolts or other failures have been disclosed over the weekend. Mostly, people are jockeying for position, to either take advantage of or avoid fallout from the Big Dig Crumble.

Design News (via Slashdot) asks whether the Big Crumble is one of engineering’s biggest mistakes. A few of the folks on Slashdot disagree. It’s also a hot topic over at Eng-Tips (hat tip to Design News).

With parts of the Big Crumble closed down, Boston is suffering from the gridlock that $14 billion and twenty years’ of construction were supposed to alleviate (O’Ryan Johnson at the Boston Herald).

And, in a sign that no real news has emerged, one article explores the long-term impact of the Big Crumble on Bostonians’ self-esteem (Carolyn Johnson at the Boston Globe), while another discusses houses built from Big Crumble leftovers (Ken Maguire, AP via Boston Globe).

Let’s see what Monday morning brings…. ..bruce..

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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