Dubai and Hurricane Katrina are included in this second installment of the top infrastructure stories of the past decade.
"Can a city that barely existed half a century ago build some of the world's most incredible infrastructure and then nearly go bankrupt, all in a single decade? Dubai proved it: The answer is a resounding "yes." From the marvel of the world's tallest building to the architectural achievement of the Burj Al Arab to the dazzling metro, Dubai threw billions of dollars - and thousands of hours of near-slave labor - into creating a modern oasis of infrastructure. And then watched as the financial crisis sent its tourism and shipping revenues, and property values, spiraling downward."