America's Depression, Infrastructure and Stubborn Way of Life

This essay from <em>Places</em> looks at today's economic depression, the nation's crumbling infrastructure, and various efforts to rethink they way America looks at fixing its cities.
January 22, 2010, 9am PST | Nate Berg
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"[I]t seems increasingly - depressingly - clear that the Great Recession is not (yet) sparking a new New Deal, a contemporary WPA. The New Deal was a big-scale, legacy-building, vision-to-burn public sector response to national crisis. But in 2010, unlike in the '30s, we confront our crisis in a social-political climate that's to a large degree contemptuous of public sector solutions, and more, hostile to the very idea of the public."

The root of many of the problems facing the country is simply a lack of willingness to change the American way of life, writes editor Nancy Levinson.

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Published on Friday, January 22, 2010 in Places
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