Innovation Creates Value

From “Engineering and Technology”1:
In 1894 transport planners estimated that by 1950 the streets of London would be nine feet deep in manure.
It appears they didn’t give much credence to the new fangled automobile.
I wonder what today’s planners are up to?

Notes & References
  1. The magazine of The Institution of Engineering and Technology []

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