New York Mayor Bloomberg tackles infrastructure issues.
Following the disastrous storm Sandy that ripped though the USA East Coast last year leaving around 900,000 New Yorkers plus millions of others without power, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has teamed up with AT&T installing solar powered phone charging stations around the city, as reported by Reuters.
The stations can be found through the cities five boroughs powered by panels that apparently work day or night, rain or shine. There will be six ports which allow passers by to charge tablets, phones and other gadgets even if the cities main power is out.
During the first days of the storm - which claimed more than 130 lives and left more than 8 million homes and businesses in darkness - saw residents and visitors trekking for miles to find somewhere to charge their devices, which spurred the authorities to set up charging stations powered by generators that eventually inspired the solar stations.
These 'Street Charge' units have currently been erected in Union Square in Manhattan, Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn and on Governors Island plus more coming by the end of the summer. AT&T is reportedly paying for the 25 stations with no costs facing the city.
This is certain a better-late-than-never idea, but a good one all the same.