Sometimes you don’t have a piece of Swiss watchmaking strapped to your wrist. On these occasions, time-keeping is made so much easier if there are well-maintained street clocks.
In Prague there is no excuse for running late. The streets are filled with elegant clocks fixed on top of tall, slender poles. Some clock faces are back-lit, allowing them to double as street lamps, while others have route-finding features attached.
Says Matt, “The tragedy of the public sector is that you can’t count on good ideas just diffusing over time through entrepreneurship. The city or town you live in will only improve if its citizens—people like you—look around at examples of things being done elsewhere and demand that their elected representatives change things.”
Generally speaking, we agree. And, indeed, most of the innovations described in the piece strike me as worthwhile on first blush.
I am, however, rather bemused at the clock example. Given how inexpensive wristwatches are — to say nothing of the ubiquity of cellular telephones — why on earth do we need taxpayer-funded clocks hanging off of poles on every street?