Do We Really Need More Roads?

Aug 15 2011 @ 11:48am

Ballast

Charles Marohn attacks a new report from the American Society of Civil Engineers that urges more transportation investment:

We spend a billion here and a billion there and we get nothing but a couple minutes shaved off of our commutes, which just means we can build more roads and live further away from where we work. (Or, as we call that here in America: growth.) Sixty years of unproductive infrastructure spending later, we are awash in maintenance liabilities with no money to pay for them. This is what happens when you have a government-subsidized, Ponzi-scheme growth system that, at all times, lives for the next transaction.

(Image: "Ballast" one of many amazing cityscape paintings by Amy Casey, interviewed by Nicole Pasulka here.)