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June 13, 2009

Your Turn: Infrastructure


by guest blogger Cara Finnegan

This is the new Interstate 35 bridge in Minneapolis. Built to replace
the one that collapsed in the summer of 2007, the new "smart" bridge
has state-of-the-art design features like sensors that can detect when
the bridge needs de-icing. The photograph by Jonathan Bruce Williams appears as part of today's New York Times Magazine cover story on infrastructure, which declares somewhat sheepishly that its subject is "more exciting than you think, actually."

Infrastructure isn't just an engineering issue; it's also a political one. (Bridge to Nowhere, anyone?).  With that in mind, what's your take on this photo? What are its visual politics?

(image: Jonathan Bruce Williams for the New York Times)

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