Mystery Box Innards Revealed

When I wander around the city, I always wonder what radndom utility boxes actually do.

Walking back from a meeting, I saw this one open. At the corner of 14th and I Streets NW seems to be a telephone switching box. Or at least the guys standing around it were from Verizon.

Look at the close up view, recognize any equipment?

How many of these urban utility boxes actually perform some required service, and how many are just relics of the past, like police call boxes now made into art?

I wonder how cleaner our sidewalks would be if we removed all the un-used detritus that clutters our egress.

Might we have room for more trees instead?

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

Married, mortgaged, and soon to be a father, Wayan Vota is in the fast lane to mid-life respectability – until the day his brood finds his intimate journal of global traveling and curses him with the ever-eternal reply “I’m gonna be just like you, Dad!”

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