The future of infrastructure

Friday, February 13, 2009

The $790 billion economic stimulus plan has money in it to change America’s infrastructure forever. As we consider the future of urban planning in this country, The Takeaway talks to Enrique Peñalosa, the former mayor of Bogotá, Colombia and urban strategist who draws on the 5,000-year history of his hometown for inspiration.

How is the stimulus going to develop infrastructure in your city? Follow the dollars online and tell us how the stimulus plan is playing out in your community. We're sharing your stories online and on air, and we'll continue the investigation with your help.

ShovelWatch is a joint project of the non-profit investigative outfit ProPublica, the morning news program The Takeaway and WNYC, New York's flagship public radio station. With investigative reporting, interactive features and help from you, we're tracking the stimulus bill dollars from Congress to your community.

Guests:

Enrique Penalosa

Comments [2]

Carlo Danese

We need high speed rail but it is most realistic in the Northeast, which currently support the Amtrak system, as trains are often full between NY, Boston, DC and Phila - Perhaps this group of states should band together as they have on other issues - Hi speed rail will create thousands of jobs and reduce congestion and pollution, not just on our highways but at our airports as well: The one hour flight to Boston is bracketed by a lot of stressful, useless bits of waiting time at both ends so you end up spending almost 3 hours but the train gives people a nice chunk of time to work, sleep, read - When our Republican friends scream 'subsidy' as if it's the next step to communism, lets remind them how much subsidy the auto and airline industries get -

Feb. 13 2009 09:57 AM
Liam

We need high-speed rail in the USA.
It would have been an option for that short commuter flight passengers this past night.
We have to get a hold on the money to pay for it. We need the medical care industry to devolve away from a for-extreme-profit (20 a pill) industry and necessary only lawyering (if you lose-you pay court costs). We will be in a log-jam I feel for a long time (and are) due to vested interests. Obama seems to realize this but I fear the intractable CROSS-PARTIES mediocrity out there and mediocrity will destroy us-they run in fear of their un-earned jobs.

Feb. 13 2009 09:04 AM

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