“We need to change the way we think about infrastructure in America,” says Rob Puentes. It’s not just about the federal government fixing roads and bridges anymore. In this podcast, Puentes, a senior fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program, explains how our states and metropolitan areas, through public and private partnerships, are moving forward on the nation’s infrastructure goals.
• Beyond Shovel-Ready: The Extent and Impact of U.S. Infrastructure Jobs (interactive)
• The Future is Now: What’s Next in American Infrastructure (event)
• Infrastructure Jobs, They’re More than You Think (blog)
• Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative (project resources)
Bruce Katz, of the Brookings Institution, said [land mapping] is not just about "real estate," but about access "to a talent pool." "Automobiles are essentially computers on wheels," said Katz, who focuses on the challenges and opportunities of global urbanization. "The broader Detroit area is one of the greatest hubs of technological innovation around manufacturing."
"There is enormous opportunity for a smarter use of public assets in the cores of cities around anchors like waterfronts and research institutions."
"In today’s challenging fiscal, political, and economic environment, mayors can play a series of roles to advance the potential of their cities to grow quality jobs, create new economic opportunities for disadvantaged citizens, and generate much needed fiscal revenues."