Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Can we please talk about infrastructure?

A recent article, "Re-imagining Infrastructure", by Mark Gerenscer published in The American Interest, provides a lucid analysis of America's infrastructure needs, deficiencies and reasons for underinvestment.

In the face of our bleak present, the author outlines several important steps to consider to actually improve our infrastructure. In particular the article stresses having a national vision, leadership that integrates diverse stakeholders, and designs that account for cross-overs in jurisdictions and sectors, and that anticipate technological advances.

In conclusion the author aptly cautions, "If we fail at this [rebuilding our infrastructure], we risk our nation’s future—not only our quality of life, but our economic competiveness and our national security."

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