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September 1st, 2008
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America, for some time now, has forgone its great infrastructure projects. It was the railway that first spread the country out – developing land, building cities at each stop. The railway soon gave way to the highway – developing even more land, building even more cities at each exit. But, the highway has yet to give way.

Blueprint America on PBS looks at the country’s next infrastructure system and, at the same time, the state of the current system: From transportation – car, bus, light rail, train and plane – to the water supply to the energy grid to city development and planning.

In recent years, America’s infrastructure neglect has been seen across the country – levees failed in New Orleans and a bridge fell in Minneapolis. But, neglect is no longer the only reason to rebuild. As the country is in an economic recession, there is a call now to rebuild the American economy by rebuilding the American infrastructure. It is a new New Deal to the country.

Blueprint America reports – along with other programs such as NOW on PBS, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Exposé on Bill Moyers Journal, Worldfocus and Public Radio – on how rebuilding America’s infrastructure can both impact the economy and change the current landscape of the country.

  • Thomas G.Dallessio

    I’d like to speak with someone about this. I wear two hats that can benefit from this effort: 1. As Executive Director of Leadership New Jersey, I organize public policy seminars, including one on infrastructure in the summer. We have over 1,000 Fellows that are executives in the private, public and non-profit world that are engaged in these issues. See our web site for more info: http://www.leadershipnj.org.
    2. As an Adjunct Professor at NJIT, I teach in the Master of Infrastructure Planning program. In Spring 2009, I will teach a new course, Infrastructure Planning Policy. These students of architecture, engineering, business and other backgrounds are being prepared to address 21st Century challenges in infrastructure, with many of the students from other countries representing the diversity of our world.
    I’d like to see if you have materials to share with the LNJ Fellows and NJIT students, and find ways to collaborate. Please contact me at your convenience, and thank you for this most important effort.
    Tom Dallessio

  • http://gulfcoastinstitute.org/growthnews/?p=302 Gulf Coast Growth News » Blog Archive » New PBS series brings transportation infrastructure to center of discussion

    [...] infrastructure in decay,” with a particular emphasis on transportation. As described on the project’s website, Blueprint America is the initiative of Thirteen/WNET and aims to raise awareness and discussion [...]

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