Potholes dot surface streets, wreaking havoc on tires. Streetlights go out, leaving roads dark and uninviting once the sun goes down. Pipes burst and rust and slowly degrade, deep under the surface of the city where no one can see them. Sounds like a nightmare, right? But if a group of researchers at the University of Leeds has its way, all of these present-day horrors will seem like exaggerated, old-fashioned boogeymen.