This Issue Brief is intended to provide a broad overview on the status of major infrastructure systems in the US. It identifies areas that are likely to experience high utilization or tightness of capacity, and propose interventions in the hope of preemptively resolving scarcity or crises where the relevant infrastructural systems fail to deliver core services.
At its core, it acknowledges the limitations of centralized, top down approach toward infrastructure development. It proposes some adjustments to conventional decision making that build in additional leeway for bottom up efforts to drive change.
The brief originated as a response seeking to shape the focus of President Trump’s infrastructure spending plan, and carries with it a heavy emphasis on evaluating the suitability of the solutions that have been raised as a means of translating that vision into action.
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