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Guests on The Infra Blog: Jonathan Bowles & Adam Forman of the Center for an Urban Future

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
Jonathan Bowles, Executive Director, Center for an Urban Future

Steve Anderson, Managing Director, InfrastructUSA, interviews Jonathan Bowles and Adam Forman of the Center for an Urban Future. Topics include NYC’s need to focus on infrastructure, the role of the Center for an Urban Future, and the new report, “Caution Ahead: Overdue Investments for New York’s Aging Infrastructure.”

Forman: New York City’s infrastructure is old. Whether it’s our transportation infrastructure, our bridges and roads, utility infrastructure, our steam mains and gas mains, or our buildings: our hospitals, our schools, our public housing buildings, it’s old…I think there are so many areas where we can improve the functioning of our infrastructure and the safety if we were investing more intelligently.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Megan Owens, Executive Director, Transportation Riders United

Thursday, February 13th, 2014
Megan Owens, Executive Director, Transportation Riders United

Megan Owens is the Executive Director of Transportation Riders United (TRU). TRU is Detroit’s non-profit transit advocate, dedicated to improving and promoting public transit throughout greater Detroit. Founded in 1999, TRU has a strong track record of doing the research, presenting the facts, involving the public, developing the coalitions and educating the leaders needed to achieve quality transit.

“We’ve been able, over the last decade or so, to help change public perception, even here in the Motor City…to an understanding that we do need more and better transit. It is a benefit for our economy and our community and our environment. Now the question is less whether we need to improve transit, but how we need to improve transit.”

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Dan Pitera, Executive Director, Detroit Collaborative Design Center

Monday, February 3rd, 2014
Dan Pitera on The Infra Bog

Dan Pitera discusses his work with the Detroit Collaborative Design Center and the University of Detroit Mercy. Key topics include current projects underway in Detroit, strategies for effective citizen engagement, and the need to bring together disparate voices from the community for successful urban design.

“Digital engagement works, but it only works with a certain core group of people who have that technology access. Community meetings work, but they work with a certain group of people. It’s not about developing a tactic that is one-size-fits-all; it’s about developing tactics that connect.”

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Janette Sadik-Khan, Former NYCDOT Commissioner and Strategic Advisory Chair, National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
Janette Sadik-Khan on The Infra Blog

“We’ve come a long way from where we were 50 years ago, and yet a lot of the design guidance for city streets is routed in back in the 1950s and the 1960s. In order to create a word-class environment for people, you need to have streets that reflect 21st century needs and that are safe and that perform well and are diverse and economically performing.”

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Annise D. Parker, Mayor of Houston

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013
Annise D. Parker, Mayor of Houston

Mayor Parker is Houston’s 61st mayor and one of only two women to hold the City’s highest elected office. As the City’s chief executive officer, she is responsible for all aspects of the general management of the City and for enforcement of all laws and ordinances…In addition to her duties as mayor, Parker is a member of President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, serves as a member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary’s Advisory Council and on the boards of the Texas Environmental Research Consortium and Houston Galveston Area Council.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Dr. C. D. Mote, Jr. President, National Academy of Engineering

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
Dr. C. D. Mote, Jr. President, National Academy of Engineering

“We don’t address the problems when we have them if we can delay addressing them. Any of the big infrastructure projects, or many of them, come following a crisis….The idea of not serving infrastructure needs is endemic in our society.”

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Dr. Camille Kamga, Director, University Transportation Research Center, City University of New York

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
Dr. Camille Kamga, UTRC

“We really need to revamp our funding allocation process and develop outreach plans to engage more people. We must take advantage of the new technological tools to engage the younger generation, start talking about infrastructure at a younger age, in primary school, so people understand that infrastructure has a lifespan like any other organism. It has to live, it has to deteriorate, and if you don’t maintain it it’s going to die.”

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Joseph E. Shacter, Director of Public and Intermodal Transportation, Illinois DOT

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Joseph E. Shacter discusses the Illinois Department of Transportation’s work to improve rail service both in and around Illinois, as well as the challenges ahead in fostering public awareness of HSR benefits and overcoming cost barriers. Shacter also explains the significance of IDOT’s recently released “220-MPH High-Speed Rail Feasibility Study” that suggests that true high-speed rail could be on the horizon for the Midwest.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: John E. Shinn, Director, District 4, United Steelworkers (USW)

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

“There’s just no credible reason for not investing in manufacturing for infrastructure materials and supply chain items…Public policy has got to be in the right direction this way.”
“We need to make sure we protect the steel industry we have, and also build it for the future of the infrastructure projects – not for one bridge but multiple bridges, transit, and also any type of construction of infrastructure.”
“We need to build things in this country to have a successful economy…If we’re going to really rebuild this country we need to help the economy in this country by using US domestic products in the supply chain.”

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Richard. M. Daley, Former Mayor of Chicago

Thursday, September 26th, 2013
Richard M. Daley n The Infra Blog

“You can’t say ‘Okay, we have X amount of money, go do something. You have to spend it within a year.’ I think the debate got caught up into not looking at long-range infrastructure projects that are sustainable and allow a much more efficient operation dealing with sustainability of businesses using the infrastructure or the private sector…America has to get back because it’s not just the roads, it’s the water systems, it’s the energy systems, it’s transportation, its looking at things and how, with sustainability, we can be more efficient.”

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