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Blueprint America

Blueprint America Clip Reel

A look at the infrastructure of Blueprint America -- a video overview of the PBS reporting series on transportation and infrastructure in America.

Dec 17th, 2009

The Next American System: [OVERVIEW] The Next American System

Through two documentary projects (BEYOND THE MOTOR CITY and ROAD TO THE FUTURE), Blueprint America interviews today's thinkers and tells the stories of everyday Americans as an older country looks for its next move. As simplistic an idea as it may seem, a new transportation system could be the answer.

Dec 4th, 2009

The Next American System: [VIDEO] The Streetblogger

Aaron Naparstek, Editor-in-Chief of the Online transportation news source Streetsblog, in an interview with Blueprint America about the way transportation is looked at in New York City and the rest of the country.

Nov 24th, 2009

Public Works: Video: Blueprint North Carolina

North Carolina is among the fastest growing states in America. UNC-TV -- as a part of Blueprint America -- looks at North Carolina's most pressing concerns around transportation infrastructure and creative solutions for the future.

Oct 29th, 2009

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Public Works: Video: Blueprint Pennsylvania

A dialogue is under way that could lead to a "Blueprint for Prosperity" for Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. WITF public television in Pennsylvania -- as a part of Blueprint America -- plays host to the first conversation on revitalizing the center region of the state.

Oct 29th, 2009

The Next American System: [INTERVIEW] Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood

In May, the Secretary of Transportation talked with Blueprint America for the Road to the Future documentary on PBS. Sec. LaHood's comments illustrate that the Administration wants transportation reform, but just not now -- especially if it means raising the gas tax in these economic times.

Jul 17th, 2009

Public Works: Video: Blueprint Colorado

An update to the Blueprint Colorado project: A series of short videos produced by Rocky Mountain PBS on Denver's Living Streets initiative.

Then, Colorado State of Mind on Rocky Mountain PBS talks with Colorado's state planners to see how the state is managing its infrastructure.

Jul 16th, 2009


President Barack Obama has called for the creation of a National Infrastructure Bank. The intention: To create a structure so public works projects could be, according to the President while campaigning last year, “determined not by politics, but by what will maximize our safety and homeland security; what will keep our environment clean and our economy strong.” Still, it is unclear how a National Infrastructure Bank would function -- or even be established.

Blueprint America looks at the possibility of the Bank -- both the design and implementation of -- in interviews with Felix Rohatyn, author of Bold Endeavors: How our government built America, and why it must rebuild now, and Stan Hazelroth, Executive Director of the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank. Additionally, a breakdown of the progress of the National Infrastructure Bank so far.

Jun 5th, 2009

Public Works: [OVERVIEW]

Blueprint America: Public Works is an effort by 18 public television stations across the country that concentrates on the state of their local infrastructure. Communities -- big and small, urban and rural -- are, for the first time, collectively rethinking what it takes to make a place livable. PBS stations are producing radio and television segments, hosting discussions between policy makers and their communities, and offering further content online, all as a part of Blueprint America.

Jun 5th, 2009
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