While most residents, including myself, take water for granted, I have quickly learned that D.C. Water is perhaps the most important utility in our region. Without clean water, our lives would grind to a halt.
Urban design has never been more exciting. As the migration to cities continues worldwide, it has resulted in a renaissance of urban design and creative infrastructure. But -- even with all the growth and ingenuity and innovation -- there are still some interesting cases of copying.
We need a game changing infrastructure revitalization strategy for the millions of quality jobs the Administration and Congress failed to create two years ago. We need to be bolder, smarter and think like Jack Kennedy did when he challenged us to reach for the moon.
Anyone with half a brain will see this is the ideal time to borrow money from the rest of the world to put Americans to work rebuilding the nation's infrastructure. Problem is, too many in Washington have less than half a brain.
Rather than tinker around the edges with temporary tax cuts and more government spending, we should embrace a bolder and more effective plan to open markets and create powerful growth incentives by reforming taxes, regulations and entitlements.
An accumulation of evidence suggests that the days of rapid, steady growth in vehicle travel are over. Why then is Washington arguing about how much to spend building our grandfather's transportation network?
For many, big government is a four-letter word, but newly released poverty and income data signal the need to invest in large-scale programs and initiatives that have the potential to turn the country around.
I think about how can we get back to that patriotic time after 9/11. How can we all come together? Why can't we put ourselves back to work and rebuild what we -- and the bully next door -- brought down?
One critique you're beginning to hear about the infrastructure ideas in the president's jobs proposal is that the Recovery Act's infrastructure programs were some kind of bust, of never got started, or whatever. Demonstrably untrue.