July 10, 2020
Peter Moore, P.E., F.ASCE, ENV SP, LEED AP
President, Chen Moore and Associates
Last week: Last week the mayor of Seoul, South Korea went missing and was found dead and the Supreme Court ruled that half of Oklahoma was a Native American reservation – including the City of Tulsa. Those were two pretty important pieces of news that were drowned out by the coverage of COVID-19. Do I think being safe is important? Of course. But like the relentless drum during hurricane season, we only need to report the same news every so often. The hurricane is still coming and COVID-19 is still transmitting. We get it.
Looking ahead: In the coming weeks, I think the biggest news stories will be the continued shutting down of businesses that we came to think of as household names. Last week was Brooks Brothers and Chuck’s Steakhouse. While I neither wore Brooks Brothers or ate at a Chuck’s (ok, I did once), I knew them. In the first month of the crisis, there were businesses that failed, but sadly if they failed that fast, they weren’t run well. When you hear established names starting to fall, we need to be prepared for Amazon and Walmart to take over in their place.