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The Infrastructure Cult

Failure to Act (like professionals)

Failure to Act (like professionals)

According to their newest report, the American Society of Civil Engineers would have us believe that we're failing to act by not spending enough on infrastructure. This is false.

Revisiting Engineering's Echo Chamber

Revisiting Engineering's Echo Chamber

America's engineering profession is deluding itself. In their own propaganda echo chamber, they are blaming society for the messes they helped create and perpetuate.

Looking back: ASCE "Revises" Report

Looking back: ASCE "Revises" Report

We have collectively believed for so long that spending on infrastructure is the key to prosperity that we don't even bother to check if it really is.

Revisiting the ASCE Infrastructure Cult

Revisiting the ASCE Infrastructure Cult

We've spent trillions to save seconds in the first and last mile of each trip, and what we've gotten is the fake prosperity of a land use pattern that is bankrupting us.

What clearly makes us richer

What clearly makes us richer

Respected economists know that investing in infrastructure clearly makes us richer. It's obvious. No further discussion needed... Respected economists are wrong.

The incoherence of MoDOT

The incoherence of MoDOT

MoDOT management gives every indication that they have a serious cultural problem, a deep misunderstanding of their role and responsibilities. This needs to change before they get another dime.

Close, but not quite

Close, but not quite

As the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy launches this new campaign, let's hope that they resist being just another member of the Infrastructure Cult and instead become real advocates for a stronger America. 

Why I do not support Move MN

Why I do not support Move MN

The Move MN transportation financing proposal may be good politics, but it is bad policy. Enacting it will lead to a weaker Minnesota. Here are the reasons I oppose it.

The Religion of Roads

The Religion of Roads

When it comes to transportation -- specifically automobile transportation -- Texas is one of the most socialist states in the country, taxing and spending at amazing rates with an additional predilection towards borrowing enormous sums of money to build even more government-backed infrastructure.

Open Mic: Environmental Advocates

Open Mic: Environmental Advocates

Have environmental and conservation advocates become comfortably co-opted within this nation's corridors of power to the point where they have become an obstacle to real reform?

Schooling the Highway Advocates

Schooling the Highway Advocates

The thinking exposed in the Cappuccino Congestion Index is just another one of the reasons we have a #NoNewRoads mantra and have opposed all efforts to spend more money on this broken system. Reform must come before more money. If we don't reform this system now, we're just going to blow the little remaining wealth we have hastening our own insolvency.

Loose threads

Loose threads

Our audience growth continues to accelerate – we have doubled in size since November – and, as we continue to experience, Strong Towns readers and listeners don’t comprise a nice, clean demographic profile (one of the greatest compliments you all provide).

In short, I appreciate that I sometimes need to slow down and connect some dots. I’m going to try and do that today.

Infrastructure Cult Math

Infrastructure Cult Math

We're being asked to spend tens of billions by people who can't seem to be able to do second grade math.

The Infrastructure Cult reacts to the Transportation Empowerment Act

The Infrastructure Cult reacts to the Transportation Empowerment Act

Before I read the Civil + Structural Engineer article, I wasn’t an advocate of the Transportation Empowerment Act. If you are defined by your enemies, however, having hysteric members of the Infrastructure Cult line up against it makes me think it deserves a lot more attention.

#nonewroads

NSPE Statement of Principles

NSPE Statement of Principles

Predictably, the National Society of Professional Engineers, despite a weak reference to serving the public, is all about protecting its members.

Seeding Mammals

Seeding Mammals

Massive, quick change is only going to come by having a nation of people who care about their communities and are prepared, as an expression of that caring, to share the Strong Towns message with their friends and neighborhoods, then take action together to change their places. That's the Strong Towns movement.