The city of Flint, the birth place of General Motors, seems to be on the front lines of another cultural shift, an epidemic of thieves taking its manhole covers and sewer grates, according to this story on mlive.com. Apparently these basic pieces of municipal infrastructure have real value when sold to a scrap metal dealer.
City workers are trying to bolt them down and city political leaders are working to slap the hands of scrap metal dealers who buy them.
What about your city and its manhole covers and sewer grates? Are they targets for local thieves? Can you imagine life without manole covers?