Marohn argues that the "highway building heyday" has left the nation's transportation agencies simultaneously over committed and under funded. "In reality," he says, the corellation between highway building and increased prosperity is "an illusion brought about by quick and easy development leveraged off these massive investments."
"It is the Ponzi scheme of the Suburban Experiment," he adds. "We're in the unwinding phase."
So what are the principles and understandings that America's DOTs must embody to correct course? Marohn offers the following:
"The word contraction is sure to become part of this generation's lexicon," concludes Marohn, "particularly when it comes to and cities and our infrastructure systems. We need to acknowledge -- to ourselves and to society -- that we do not have a pain free solution to the contraction dilemma. In fact, our toolbox contains no solutions, just rational responses that begin with acknowledging the reality of contraction."