Infrastructure

Why Environmental Reviews Are Slowing Down Big Projects

It takes a long time to get big infrastructure investments through the process, but it doesn't have to.

Don't Hide Cell Phone Antennas, Embrace Them

They're an increasingly important part of our lives, but we've shunned them into hiding on rooftops and in fake trees.

In Barcelona, a 69-Foot Vertical Park

The balconies in the apartment have planters, built-in benches, and even fountains.

Debating the Root Causes of Zombie Infrastructure

A vacant Michigan strip mall becomes a symbol in a Congressional primary race, but it's really part of a much broader problem.

The State of American Infrastructure

The Urban Land Institute takes stock of what cities are doing to rebuild.

Welcome to the Rebuild Era

Lately, America's leaders have talked a lot about the need to rebuild. Has it begun?

Can Inactive Landfills Become Assets?

An ancient Roman landfill offers ideas about how our old dumps could be more useful than we realize.

As Chicago Approves its Infrastructure Bank, Cities Across the Country Watch and Wait

The first-of-its-kind measure will allow the city to accept billions in private financing for infrastructure projects.

How One Man Built His City a Fiber Optic Network

Software entrepreneur Patrick Kennedy is bringing faster internet to San Leandro, thanks to infrastructure put in place by BART and city officials.

Can Rail Beef Up South Africa’s Economy?

The president hopes to build transportation capacity to aid the crucial mining sector.

Number of the Day: 500 Million

As India urbanizes, more homes will be needed to accommodate the population boom.

Why Every City Should Be Planting Rain Gardens

They save lots of money - and that's just their most obvious benefit.

The Urban Message Missing From the State of the Union

The issues facing the nation's cities were largely ignored in the president’s speech

The Best Ways to Pay for Our Failing Infrastructure

A round-up of the best ideas from this week's The Big Fix

Can Amtrak Ever Make Money?

A Freakonomics panel looks at if, how, and whether Amtrak can find its way to profitability

For These Baltimore Students, It's D.I.Y. School Building

One crumbling structure becomes a lesson in urban design for students

How to Pay for America's Infrastructure

Should infrastructure banks replace our current system of funding roads and transit through grants?

The Delusion and Deception in Megaproject Cost Estimates

Toronto's planned Crosstown light rail project looks to mitigate colossal budget overruns

Who Should Pay for Aging Water Infrastructure?

The best responses to this week's The Big Fix