The United States has made a multimillion-dollar investment in infrastructure, from waterworks to streets and highways to electrical networks. Systems in many urban areas are reaching the end of their useful lives, trapping local governments in a seemingly unwinnable game of triage: as federal and state support dwindles, officials must decide which systems to salvage. And infrastructure funding will become even tighter as local and state governments are asked to shoulder a growing portion of the costs of programs addressing AIDS, housing, childcare, and other pressing social problems. Clearly it is in local government's best interest to pursue least-cost solutions to problems posed by aging public works. Part of the answer entails a major shift in the way government approaches infrastructure planning. In most cases, the new approaches boil down to two sometimes distinct, sometimes overlapping concepts: reducing demand and improving long-term planning.

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    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Alumni Association
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02139
  • Authors:
    • Wieman, C
  • Publication Date: 1996-5


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 48-55
  • Serial:
    • Technology Review
    • Volume: 99
    • Issue Number: 4
    • Publisher: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • ISSN: 1099-274X

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  • Accession Number: 00721232
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 22 1996 12:00AM