States have been neglecting basic road repairs in favor of costly road expansion. Yet the problem is still misleadingly framed by some as primarily about not having enough money.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Respected economists know that investing in infrastructure clearly makes us richer. It's obvious. No further discussion needed... Respected economists are wrong.
A twisted look at the twisted federal transportation bill.
Nope, car drivers aren't paying the full cost of the infrastructure they use.
For local governments, the Growth Ponzi Scheme has allowed national politicians to promise a free lunch while forcing those lower on the food chain to absorb the long term costs associated with hitting this quarter’s GDP targets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
We're being asked to spend tens of billions by people who can't seem to be able to do second grade math.
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.
Predictably, the National Society of Professional Engineers, despite a weak reference to serving the public, is all about protecting its members.
John Oliver is a comedian in the court jester genre: speaking truth to power.