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"The efforts of governments alone will never be enough..."
                                               --John F Kennedy

 
Infrastructure Week has become almost a running gag in the current administration, and it's not the first time the struggle to focus on the physical underpinnings of America has been the source of comedic gold.  But our infrastructure is no laughing matter; it's not only key to overcoming a surprising array of challenges we face, but it may be our best chance to unite and dream big again...
"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood..."
                                 --Robert Frost

 
National Service
The greatest untapped resource we have available to overcome all our challenges, including polarization, is our fellow Americans, and we may finally be on the road to unleashing it... Read More...

http://bit.ly/nat_svc


Lots Of Rhetoric. No Reality.
The real problem with the nation's infrastructure isn't our bridges, our roads, our grids, our mass transit systems, or our dams... Read More...

http://bit.ly/trillion_rhetoric
 
CEO and Times guest columnist Leonard Schleifer synthesizes left and right thinking on infrastructure's toughest challenge--how to fund it--in a way that insures those who benefit most pay, without raising taxes, deficits, or privatizing public assets... Learn More...

http://bit.ly/infra_funds

Slate columnist Christina Cauterucci has a 'desperate times' idea for millennials to get older generations to think more long-term when they cast their ballots, one that would be truly novel if the ancient Greeks hadn't thought of it first... Learn More...

http://bit.ly/lysis_21
"The true purpose of education is to produce citizens..."
                                               --Eleanor Roosevelt

 

Schools are infrastructure squared, and as education challenges mount, there's been an explosion of creative re-imaginings of these literal building blocks, not to mention their associated amenities, around the world... Learn More... And More...

http://bit.ly/school_design

From Portland to Pittsburgh, communities are finding ways to combine climate and economic resiliency for their most at-risk citizens, even as new research identifies six simple structural elements that increase trust and reduce loneliness in any neighborhood... Learn More... And More... 

http://bit.ly/clicomm_resil 
http://bit.ly/six_spaces
 
Apparently, they never outgrew Legos; now, three young men from Cordoba, Argentina--Fabian Saieg, Leandro Lima, and Leandro Miguez, co-founders of the Ecoinclusion Foundation--are making affordable housing beyond sustainable as well... Learn More...

http://bit.ly/bricks_change



Whether you want stay on the cutting EDGE, or just stay TRUE to your PEERs, the Green Business Certification Institute/Inc, administrator of the LEED certification program, has its tendrils on the 1s and 0s of the green building movement... Learn More...

http://bit.ly/gbci_org


The crown jewel of American infrastructure, our interstate highway system, actually began not in the 1950s, but thirty-plus years earlier, on a road trip just after the end of World War I... Learn More...

http://bit.ly/wwi_rtrip


 
 
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