Our Collapsing Infrastructure

Via Planetizen.

An article in the LA Times bemoans sinkholes resulting from aging sewer lines (of course we had our own recent example of that in Portland).

I think this is emblematic of a much larger problem: we simply aren’t funding maintenance of key civic infrastructure including roads, bridges, water and sewer lines, schools and public buildings.

We’re living off the investments our grandparents made and we are not making comparable investments for our grandchildren to benefit from. It doesn’t matter whether you prefer investments in freeways or transit, we’re just not investing enough in the the public realm.

This is a function of the Federal government reducing or eliminating matching funds coupled with the property tax revolt of the end of the last century, and a shift of tax dollars into financing health care.

But whatever the reason, it’s a problem we need to come to grips with!

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