Time to Repair and Restore

Neglected streets and sewers, plus aged bridges and byways, hinder growth

From the rusting spans of its once proud bridges to the leaking sewers beneath its streets, America is structurally unsound. Highways are crumbling. Avenues are cracking. Trains jump their worn-out tracks. Coal ships languish outside overburdened ports. While the U. S. has the technological prowess to blast a magnificent space shuttle into orbit and land it gently back on earth, it has failed to care properly for its most important public works.

One morning two weeks ago, some New York City commuters living...

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