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Burying Power Lines

Like hanging extension cords from the ceiling.

What do suburban developments and Lancaster's Central Business District have in common?

They both have buried power lines.

Not so much for the neighborhoods. If you live in a house that was built before electricity was generously distributed to every home, you know all the tricks and secrets to after-construction wiring. Imagine, though, that instead of hiding the wires, you decided to screw eyehooks into the ceiling of your home and run a series of electric extension cords from room to room. The aesthetics of the house would be marred by the spider web hanging aloft. This is essentially what cities have done.

Lancaster City Living, in its commitment to providing un-retouched photography, has thought of every possible angle to take pictures without the intrusion of these lines. This includes not only the lines but the poles and the rabbit-ear topiaries - courtesy of the utility company arborists.

There is a movement, spearheaded by organizations like Power Underground, Inc. to promote the burying of power lines (and other lines) in cities. Use the links at the bottom of this post and learn more.

In the meantime, what would Lancaster's neighborhoods look like without this net of wires? Take a look.

Cabbage Hill

Ross

Chestnut Hill

(Photo credit: Mark Stoner)

West End

Stevens

More from the Web:

Power Underground, Inc.
What Will it Cost to Bury Power Lines
Why Can't We Just Bury All The Power Lines?
A Follow-Up On Burying Power Lines
NPR: Would Burying Power Lines Reduce Power Outages?
Should utility electric lines go underground? A look at the costs
Back Story: In late 1800s, New York City buried wires after a natural disaster

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