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The Two Key Investments to Build Back Better Post-Sandy

Susan Crawford | Posted 01.06.2013 | New York
Susan Crawford

What disempowered New Yorkers most wanted during the storm, in addition to safety and electricity, was a way to communicate. Our communications problems boil down to two central issues: Lack of capacity and lack of a safety net.

Forewarned Is Forearmed, Except When It Isn't

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As told most famously by Shelley, the kingdom of Ozymandias fell to ruin in the desert sand. We are misguided to think we are too mighty to do the same. Signs of our vulnerability abound.

Shelter From the Storm? The Entire Nation Has Infrastructure Lessons to Learn From Hurricane Sandy

Henry Henderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Spectacular storm Sandy immobilizes the biggest city in America, along with large swaths of the East Coast, and I find myself thinking about the most unspectacular stuff... infrastructure.

How New York City Kept Its Drinking Water Pure -- In Spite of Hurricane Sandy

Daniel Moss | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Daniel Moss

Post-Sandy, New York City is awash with problems, but in most cases drinking water quality is not one of them.

Fix the Debt or Save the Coasts?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 01.02.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The new normal is here, the legacy of our denial of the reality of climate change. The federal government needs to do a comprehensive assessment of the public investment necessary to protect our coasts, which will run into the trillions of dollars.

Down & Out in Darkest, Just-Post-"Sandy" New Jersey

Elizabeth Boleman-Herring | Posted 11.02.2012 | Impact
Elizabeth Boleman-Herring

I knew it was going to be bad from the moment I heard Brian Williams tell me so early last week. I believed him, but most of my nearest and dearest hereabouts did not. How could they, really?

Solutions After Sandy: Rebuilding the Right Way

Laura Barrett | Posted 01.01.2013 | Politics
Laura Barrett

From Katrina and Isaac to Irene to Sandy, severe weather events are becoming a constant feature of our lives. And they're leaving in their wake too many lessons of the wrong way to rebuild. It even has a name: disaster capitalism.

After Sandy, Building the Future

Ana Garcia-Ashley | Posted 01.01.2013 | Impact
Ana Garcia-Ashley

We can't wait for the next Sandy, Irene, or Katrina. We can't wait for the next bridge collapse or subway crash. We can protect ourselves and build our economic future by finally committing to investments in America's infrastructure.

God's Stimulus? It'll Take More Than Just Money to Recover From Sandy

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 12.30.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Hurricane Sandy was the stimulus nobody wanted. It took a terrible toll in lives, homes, and dreams. For the families who lost loved ones the tragedy will never end. And yet, in a bitter irony, this terrible storm will spur the kind of spending we should have been seeing all along.

Matt Sledge

Hurricane Sandy Deals Infrastructure A Blow, Highlights Need For Investment | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.31.2012 | Business

NEW YORK -- A day after Hurricane Sandy swept across the nation's most densely populated communities along the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, utilities, ...

Covachita: Workshop in Mexico

designboom | Posted 12.29.2012 | Arts

2012-10-29-imagepull.jpg In the town of San Pedro Garza Garcia in the Nuevo Leon Region of Mexico, local firm Covachita has completed their "workshop" amongst the indigenous mountainous terrain overlooking a valley.

"Strong America" Needs Less Foreign Savior and More Infrastructure Maven

Ronnie Cameron | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
Ronnie Cameron

If we want to do as President Obama says and build a "Strong America" again, we need to take foreign spent dollars and invest them at home.

We Can't Afford to Wait to Fix Our Water Problem

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Posted 12.15.2012 | Green
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

If we hope to protect America's waterways, we need to support the EPA in enforcing Clean Water Act safeguards. One of the most important ways to do that is by investing in green stormwater infrastructure -- and we'll put millions of Americans to work in the process.

So DO Tax Cuts Create Jobs?

Dave Johnson | Posted 12.05.2012 | Business
Dave Johnson

In Wednesday's debate Mitt Romney repeated his claim that cutting individual and corporate income taxes creates jobs. But when you look at what actually happened, the periods when we had the highest tax rates were the periods we had the greatest job and economic growth.

Meeting the Infrastructure Challenge Requires Innovative Solutions

Jonathan Tisch | Posted 12.04.2012 | Business
Jonathan Tisch

The old model -- relying on some combination of tax increases, additional debt, and help from Washington -- has fallen victim to fiscal and political challenges that promise to intensify rather than subside.

Afghanistan: We're Out of Reasons

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Joseph Blady, M.D.

In reporting about a Taliban attack against Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan last Friday, The New York Times pointed out that the eight U.S. Marin...

If You Build It, Will They Come? Robot Cars, Infrastructure and Policy Innovation

Joseph F. Coughlin | Posted 11.27.2012 | Science
Joseph F. Coughlin

There's currently not much demand for infrastructural and policy solutions because no one has an autonomous car yet. But, on the other hand, no one will have autonomous cars until some of these problems get sorted out.

Infrastructure Investment Creates Jobs -- For Everyone

Avi Viswanathan | Posted 11.27.2012 | Impact
Avi Viswanathan

The private sector will not be able to drive our recovery alone. Investing in proven job creation strategies with clear paths to reducing racial disparities will help put America back on the path to prosperity.

White House To Issue Executive Order On Cybersecurity

Reuters | Joseph Menn | Posted 11.24.2012 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The White House is preparing to direct federal agencies to develop voluntary cybersecurity guidelines for owners of power, w...

A Grand Bargain for Roads

Ron Davis | Posted 11.19.2012 | Politics
Ron Davis

Traffic policy is, admittedly, unsexy. But the potential for saving many billions of dollars and thousands of lives demands serious attention and action.

Why Wait Until Something Breaks? Let's Try Predictive Maintenance

Christopher Conradi | Posted 10.28.2012 | Technology
Christopher Conradi

Why wait until something is broken to fix it? That's what a growing number of companies are asking themselves these days.

Startup Aims to Install Pipelines With Helicopters... Seriously!

XPRIZE | Posted 10.27.2012 | Business

By David J. Hill Contributing Writer, Singularity University. A major earthquake strikes a town leaving power plants damaged, water pipelines broken,...

At DNC, Obama Should Propose: Close the "Romney Loopholes" and "Give America a Raise" by Increasing the Minimum Wage

Paul Abrams | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Paul Abrams

President Obama should throw down the gauntlet by promising to veto any cuts in any domestic programs until the Romney loopholes are closed. Why should the rest of us pay for Romney's money vacationing in the Cayman Islands?

Here Are A Bunch Of Countries That Are More Competitive Than The U.S.

AP | PAN PYLAS | Posted 11.04.2012 | Business

LONDON (AP) — The United States' ability to compete on the global stage has fallen for the fourth year running as confidence in the country's politi...

How Congress Can Get Its Act Together | Posted 09.03.2012 | Business

NEWPORT BEACH – What if members of the United States Congress, now returning from their summer recess, were to receive a “back to school” letter...