A Transportation Revolution

By Charles Marohn, Strong Towns

A strong nation must have strong cities, towns and neighborhoods. The American model of growth and development weakens our cities, inducing them to take on enormous long term liabilities in a year-to-year struggle for enough growth to make ends meet. There is nothing more damaging in this regard than our approach to transportation. We’re nearly seven decades into a model that prioritizes system expansion. We seem unable to change, even though every level of government is overwhelmed with the cost of maintaining all that has been built. Americans know how to leverage new transportation investments for growth. We have a complete system of finance and regulation that can take state and federal transportation investments and quickly turn them into residential subdivisions, office parks and retail outlets. This has not led to enduring prosperity. What we need today is an approach that turns the routine maintenance of our transportation infrastructure into...