More Questions on Infrastructure

In the article, How to Fix America’s Crumbling Infrastructure, Metropolis should have asked questions like: What about sustainable zoning principles? What are we going to do with the suburbs and associated low density sprawl? All those roads and not much tax base to fix the problems? What about local power and water from renewable sources? Is William P. Henry, the president ot the American Society of Civil Engineers, just talking about the same way we’ve been building our infrastructure the last 50 years, or is there some big lessons learned that should govern the whole process? Is it possible to maintain our current infrastructure in terms of the way its designed? Or do we integrate new concepts such as the new urbanism and ecological design principles as we refurbish our old infrastructure?

Brian Fuentes
Fuentes Design
Boulder, Colorado

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