Sunday, July 20, 2008
Mark of the "Third World"??
Just a quick aside: a colleague of mine once remarked many years ago that one of the markers of a third-world country can be found along roadsides. It is claimed that so-called "third world" countries cannot reliably construct road curbsides poured as a single strip of concrete. Instead - mainly because of a lack of reliable workers or construction techniques/supervision, etc. - such countries must resort to using individual concrete blocks fitted together. I've seen these block type roadside curbs throughout Indonesia and the Middle East. Although Kuwait is far from being a "third world" country, I suspect the use of this form of curbside construction is caused primarily by the lack of skilled labor in the Arabian Gulf region. Or so I presume. Can anyone comment?