Legend has it that Roman bridge designers assumed a very precise exit criteria to deem their work complete and successful. This turned into a binding and severe performance penalty on failure. The test involved having a band of soldiers march over the bridge, as the designer sat patiently underneath the span.
Legend further had it that this lead to the art of engineering overdesign and the standard practice of employing safety-margins in most products.
In the software industry, developers refer to the practice of going down in flames with your own handiwork as "eating your own dogfood".
Maybe Phila happened on a good strategy for future engineered marvels:
We have forgotten that democracy was intended as a corrective to the disasters visited upon humanity by elites of one kind or another. Maybe the great drag on us all is not the welfare mother but the incompetent engineer, not the fatherless child but the writer of mean or slovenly books. When our great auto industry nearly collapsed, an elite of designers and marketing experts were surely to blame. But the thousands thrown out of work by their errors were seen as the real problem. No doubt many of these workers figure among the new lumpen-proletariat, as the Marxists used to call them--people who just are not bright enough.
Incompetent Engineer. I resemble that remark.
The Army Corps of Engineers certainly should have located each of their regional headquarters next to the most tenuous of levee, downstream of the most critical of dams, and next door to the most toxic of waste dumps.
Every major civil engineering firm in California should sit underneath a freeway overpass.
Every turkey farm owner must, according to law, live 1/2 a block downwind from his processing plant.
Manufacturers of children's vaccines should ... wait, I'll get to that.
And just for kicks, we should have put million dollar bounties on the head of any "terrorist" engineer known to work on WMD's in Iraq or any other "evil axis" country. Knowing some of the arrogant, cowardly pricks that practice engineering, this probably would have worked, avoiding the need for anyone to invade anything. I bet 90% of the scientists and engineers would have pissed in their pants in a rush to leave the country, and the rest would rat each other out.
I call this approach the neo-roman strategy for fixing our global infrastructure problems.
Oh yeah, and if some people go ape over the fact that Robert Kennedy, Jr. wants to limit the spread of wind farms around his backyard of Cape Cod, then I think it only fair that the makers of mercury-based vaccine preservatives get to test it on their own kids first.