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March 1st, 2010
America in Gridlock: [REPORT] The Ride: How the Transportation Bill Becomes a Law
The transportation bill -- the massive legislation authorizing and funding the country’s roads and mass-transit infrastructure (from highways to bus lanes to railways to bike lanes) -- expires every six years. That, however, does not mean a new bill is passed every six-years. It’s Washington, D.C., after all. Come along with
correspondent Miles O'Brien as he talks to people on Capitol Hill about how the transportation bill becomes a law.
February 8th, 2010
The Next American System: [VIDEO] Beyond the Motor City
Blueprint America: Beyond the Motor City examines how Detroit, a symbol of America’s diminishing status in the world, may come to represent the future of transportation and progress in America.
February 8th, 2010
The Next American System: [VIDEO] The Stop at Visalia
High-speed rail in California, in addition to connecting the state's major cities, will link some 20 smaller cities to the industries and economies of those larger centers. And as train stops were determined, no one wanted to be passed by.
followed Mayor Jesus Gamboa as he lobbied the California High-Speed Rail Authority for a train stop for the city of Visalia.
February 6th, 2010
The Next American System: [VIDEO] The Power House
In documenting the Great Rescission, not many images are used more than those of a broken down Detroit. A city hit even harder by the financial struggles of the big three automobile companies, it has emptied -- built for 2 million people, it now has half that number. Nearly one-third of the land is unused, and some 80,000 homes are vacant. Still, one local couple sees potential. They are building the 'Power House'.
February 3rd, 2010
The Next American System: [VIDEO] The Master Builder (1977)
''Those who can, build,'' Robert Moses at one time said. ''Those who can't, criticize.'' From the Public Television archives at THIRTEEN/ WNET in New York, an hour long interview from 1977 with Robert Moses, the "master builder" of modern day New York City. But more than just New York, Moses set an example nationwide of how to build the American City of the 20th Century.
February 2nd, 2010
The Next American System: [VIDEO] Spain: The
Spain has been able to leverage funds for its infrastructure -- especially high-speed rail -- to an amount the United States cannot currently match. Norman Anderson, President and CEO of CG/LA Infrastructure (a Washington, D.C. based consulting group), explains how Spain has been able to finance its infrastructure build out, and what America has to learn.
January 25th, 2010
The Next American System: [VIDEO] The Crises
Eric Rauchway, professor of history at the University of California, Davis, makes the case that movements to advance American infrastructure, since the beginning, have been brought on by times of national crisis. But, will the current American crisis -- the Great Recession -- advance infrastructure again?
January 19th, 2010
The Next American System: [VIDEO] The Transportation Cowboy
The city of Denver was first settled not by the lone frontiersman, but by a community that came together. Mayor John Hickenlooper, a candidate to succeed former Colorado Governor and current U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, had the same in mind when he expanded the metro region's light rail and mass transit system after he became mayor in 2003.
January 6th, 2010
The Next American System: [VIDEO] Detroit Town Hall
From Detroit Public Television (DPTV) -- Detroit's transportation future plays a starring role in
Blueprint America: Beyond the Motor City
. DPTV and the Kresge Foundation recently hosted a screening and panel discussion at the Detroit Public Library.
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