They don’t build them like they used to. At least, in places, we still have them.
Pompeii’s ancient drainage system is in such good condition that it is set to be put back into active service, despite being built almost 2,300 years ago.
A 1,500ft stretch of tunnels underneath some of the famed Italian city’s most iconic structures was originally built to drain water downhill away from Pompeii’s centre.
Analysis of the tunnels revealed they had been almost untouched for millennia and the complex system is still in excellent condition.
Today, we can’t build simple hotels and pedestrian bridges, nor apps to count fake votes. The ancient Italics forged concrete and stone to last for millennia. Nothing special about the West whatsoever.