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Public Works

60% Of Port-Au-Prince Needs Demolition, But Who Will Do The Job?

Rowan Moore Gerety | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rowan Moore Gerety

All over Port au Prince, the same spray-painted scrawl designates thousands of half-collapsed houses and buildings "à démolir." According to th...

The Politics of Unemployment

Paul A. London | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul A. London

If politicians succumb to pressure to reduce spending quickly, there is no way to get people back to work. Somebody has to spend money, but who will do it if not the government?

The Real Solution to Unemployment

Deepak Bhargava | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deepak Bhargava

The current unemployment rate and overwhelming likelihood of its persistence for many months, even years, is a human disaster.

Fleecing the USA Again: Non-Performance-Based P3 Banker Fees

Michael Likosky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Likosky

If the recovery is done right, we can forge public-private partnerships akin to the Second World War. However, our least patriotic institution, the large scale investment bank, seems to have something different in mind.

No Blacklisters Please: Decency in P3 Contracting

Michael Likosky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Likosky

The United Kingdom Information Commissioner recently named Balfour Beatty and LAZ Parking Company's parent, Vinci, as having funded a secret 15-year long blacklisting operation.

Ed Rendell: Hardest Working Man in Infrastructure

Michael Likosky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Likosky

Governor Rendell has been a tireless advocate of an infrastructure-driven recovery within the NGA and also as co-leader of Building America's Future.

Obama's Economy

Michael Likosky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Likosky

If the TARP banks are to be a main investment vehicle for the next stage of recovery -- as they should be, it is after all our money not theirs -- it is heartening to have Obama at the helm.

Zelizer's Book Corner: Jason Scott Smith, Building a New Deal Liberalism

Julian E. Zelizer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julian E. Zelizer

Building a New Deal Liberalism offers a fascinating history of New Deal public works programs, challenging the conventional arguments about the problems with these projects.