Monday, August 25, 2008

WSJ: Obama's Pro Urban Agenda

And badly needed to dig us out of the hole, that fifty years of government misallocated spending put us in.

WSJ Link.
The plan features an increase in the minimum hourly wage, a new White House office focused on metropolitan areas and $60 billion to establish a national bank to finance public-works projects.
Like it, like it, like it. However, with the caveat that their HAS to be some quality control from an urban design and planning perspective for what kind of projects the new National Bank would fund. Is it a Road Guy or a Rail Guy?

Personally, I would put a moratorium on all new road projects, putting all infrastructure budgeting towards the maintenance and retooling of existing infrastructure into more 'complete streets' that are livable, which in turn generates investment and the pay for themselves. voila!