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Posts Tagged ‘PBS’

PBS Newshour: Should the private sector help rebuild American infrastructure?

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

As the U.S. grapples with a growing list of transportation infrastructure needs and limited public funds, more states are looking to public-private partnerships as a means of fixing and replacing aging bridges, tunnels and roads. But is there a downside for taxpayers? NewsHour Weekend’s Christopher Booker reports.

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Chicago Infrastructure Trust: A Model For The Future?

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

In it’s relatively short life span (Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced it March 2012), the Chicago Infrastructure Trust has garnered it’s fair share of skepticism and awe. Check out what experts, journalists, and Mayor Emanuel himself, have to say on the newly formed Chicago Infrastructure Trust. “Sometimes if you want something done right, you’ve got to do […]

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PBS Newshour: Key to a Cool City? It’s in the Trees

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Peter Calthorpe, urban designer and author of “Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change”, has worked on some of the biggest urban design projects in the United States over the last 20 years, in places including Portland, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles and post-hurricane southern Louisiana. He said the best thing cities can do to keep cool is plant trees.

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Designing the City of the Future

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

The mayor of Detroit is promoting a controversial new plan to “right-size” the city. He may offer cash incentives to residents to leave vacant neighborhoods. The goal is to make the city more efficient in delivering services to its citizens. But Detroit’s “rightsizing” plan is also about imagining a new city — and the imagination isn’t limited to city government. In fact, some of the great new ideas are coming from citizens who aren’t old enough to vote. This story about some of Detroit’s youngest city planners comes from Detroit Public Television.

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Gridlock Sam: The Tea Party’s Bridge to Beyond Nowhere

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

It’s so easy to get on the bandwagon: lower my taxes, smaller and more efficient government, don’t touch my liberties, throw the bums out, etc. But what if that bandwagon has to cross a bridge? And what if that bridge hasn’t been maintained in years?

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Smart Green Infrastructure: How To Grow Sustainable Cities

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Andy Lipkis, Founder and President of TreePeople, describes how this organization has pioneered an integrated approach to managing urban ecosystems as watersheds in the Los Angeles region.

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High-Speed Rail: Track to the Future?

Monday, March 29th, 2010

With the one-year mark of President Barack Obama’s stimulus plan approaching last month, the White House selected 13 passenger rail corridors in 31 states to receive funding. High-speed rail projects in Florida, Illinois and California were the big winners.

Here’s the dream: A sleek, state-of-the-art train that whisks you from LA to San Francisco in less than three hours, and helps save the planet while doing so.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Kathy Hughes, Executive Producer of PBS’s Blueprint America

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

“I think if you just use the word “infrastructure” people tend to think it’s going to be boring, but, for instance, the moment you start to think about how long it takes to get to work every day, getting stuck in traffic, or having the train run on time, people really care about these things…you don’t really think of Americans voting to raise their taxes for things, but people are aware, and I don’t know that we’re going to have a civil rights era like people marching in the streets for this, but perhaps they will. I think maybe there’s more awareness than we give people credit for…if there was ever a time when the infrastructure in some ways was in the public dialogue, it’s right now…”

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