- Key details of the Trump team’s $1 trillion infrastructure have leaked to the public.
- The best news is that the plan does not seem interested in building more new roads or too many unsustainable projects.
- Instead, a new priority is put on non-federally funded sustainability and protecting our electricity and water supplies.
A significant portion of what looks like the draft of the promised $1 trillion White House plan to overhaul U.S. infrastructure was published by Axios on Monday.
Based on what’s in that draft, everyone should take a big sigh of relief … not because of what’s in it, but because of what isn’t in it.
There’s good reason to be frightened every time anyone even mentions the idea of a $1 trillion national infrastructure project. That’s because it’s not our roads, bridges, or any of our physical projects in America that are the biggest problem.
The biggest problem is that our entire culture of infrastructure planning is inefficient, dangerous and financially unsustainable. Despite all the economic and social changes in America over the last 60 years, our cities and towns are still planned as if the most important thing is making it easier for cars to drive through them as fast as possible.
But other than that Mrs. Lincoln …
That’s why it’s so refreshing to see that building new roads and speeding the flow of traffic is not listed as a priority anywhere in the leaked draft.
“Despite all the economic and social changes in America over the last 60 years, our cities and towns are still planned as if the most important thing is making it easier for cars to drive through them as fast as possible.”
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