This website is no longer actively maintained
Some material and features may be unavailable
Go
Profiles from the recession

BLUEPRINT AMERICA
Profiles from the Recession: [REPORT] Obama and Republicans stand on opposite sides of the high-speed tracks

With the 2012 elections not that far off, Republicans are taking on President Obama’s high-speed rail plan.

Feb 21st, 2011

BLUEPRINT AMERICA
Profiles from the Recession: [INTERVIEW] Seniorville, the suburbs turn 65

America is on the brink of a massive demographic shift as the first of the baby boom turned 65 this New Year. Already, an estimated 39 million people across the country are 65 or older -- just over 13 percent of the population. By 2030, when all baby boomers will be over 65, there will be 72 million seniors -- about 20 percent of the population. And our suburbs -- where half of all Americans live today -- will be hardest hit. Elinor Ginzler, AARP's Director of Livable Communities, talks to Blueprint America about how Americans can live in suburbia as they age. Already, the suburbs are a tough place to get around. Getting older won’t make it any easier.

Jan 27th, 2011

BLUEPRINT AMERICA
Profiles from the Recession: [VIDEO] Off the Rails

Sometimes responsibility is in the eye of the beholder. For example, what is the best way to invest in the nation's infrastructure? In the state of Wisconsin, the governor declined $810 million worth of federal stimulus money for a high speed rail initiative because he says the state couldn't afford to maintain the system and that money should be spent on roads, not rail. However, in Illinois, the governor sees his responsibility differently. A look at the future of passenger rail.

Jan 14th, 2011

BLUEPRINT AMERICA
Profiles from the Recession: [REPORT] Rail Politics: Freeways aren’t any freer

In hard economic times, it's difficult to believe that two states are together rejecting over a billion dollars in federal money. Ohio and Wisconsin will not undertake high-speed rail projects that were in development as late as last November. New leadership in both states claimed the rail projects would forever burden their state budgets. In the morning light, however, their objections may face fresh scrutiny.

Jan 13th, 2011

Produced by THIRTEEN   ©2021 WNET.ORG Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.