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Rust: Destroying Infrastructure One Rivet at a Time

June 23, 2015, 5 to 7 p.m.

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Metropolitan Planning Council
140 S. Dearborn St., Suite 1400

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As Congress debates how to invest in America’s infrastructure, it is literally wasting away. A silent, invisible and pervasive enemy is slowing destroying our infrastructure one corroded nail and leaky pipe at a time: rust. And we are losing our battle against it. Rust costs America more than $400 billion per year—more than all other natural disasters combined. What do we know about this insidious phenomenon? What place should it have in political debates?

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Acclaimed author Jonathan Waldman explores both the menace of corrosion on our buildings, bridges and pipelines and the more invisible corrosion of our nation’s ability to address it in his book, Rust: The Longest War (Simon & Schuster). Waldman highlights the efforts of engineers and corrosion experts on the “rust battlefield.” He creatively explores the science behind oxidation and why we should care about it.

The Boston Globe has called Waldman’s prose “stylish” and the Financial Times has labeled him “sassy.” Join the Metropolitan Planning Council for an edifying adventure into the little-known realm of corrosion and our nation’s failure to address infrastructure rot.

Copies of Jonathan Waldman's book Rust: The Longest War (Simon & Schuster) will be available for purchase at the event.

The cost of the event, which includes light refreshments, is $15. Seating is limited, so please register in advance.

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The program will begin at 5:30 p.m., with time to mingle before and after.

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