I’m in Boston with a small army of Microsoft partners — the businesses that actually sell most of the company’s products — for the annual Worldwide Partner Conference.
On the way into the city last night, I paid close attention to Boston’s Big Dig, a huge tunnel project routing freeways under the city. (Seattle is contemplating a tunnel to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct.)
My cab driver informed me that as a result of the $14.6 billion Big Dig, we could travel from Logan International Airport to my hotel near Fenway Park and only hit two traffic lights. (It also added $6.50 in tolls to my cab fare.)
But the city awoke this morning to news that a woman was killed last night when a section of roof tiles in one of the tunnels collapsed. It has caused a traffic nightmare for the already congested city and delayed everything, including the conference, where some 7,000 Microsoft partners have gathered.