When Politicians Make Spending Decisions: Neglected Hidden Infrastructure

CBS News New York published an investigative report, “Experts Say Decaying Gas Lines Are A Ticking Time Bomb Below City Streets.” From the city to the suburbs, thousands of miles of some of the country’s oldest and decaying gas mains lay just below the surface of our streets. As CBS2’s Dick Brennan reported, experts said the consequences could be dangerous or devastating. In the early 20th century, there were new roads, rails, and an underground system delivered gas to buildings around Read more […]

L.A. Infrastructure Showing Signs of Corruption

Showing city government and city planning at its finest, L.A. infrastructure is cracking up. Bloomberg.com reports: Los Angeles is showing its age, and city officials don’t have plans for financing the facelift. From buckling sidewalks to potholed thoroughfares to storm drains that can’t handle a little rain, the infrastructure that holds the second-largest U.S. city together is suffering from years of deferred maintenance. Bringing pipes that deliver water to 3.9 million people up to snuff Read more […]

We’re all Democrats now

In a recent piece for Bloomberg, Amity Shlaes points out that modern-day natural disasters have helped to turn us all into Democrats. Expecting the government gravy train to come to the rescue any time a major storm turns a significant portion of the American population upside down has become the new normal, even among so-called anti-big government proponents. Shlaes makes the case, using the Holland Tunnel as an example, that state governments—and in many instances, private investment—have built Read more […]