Posts Tagged ‘transportation infrastructure’

  • How much should cities plan for the storm of the century?

    A Ripple of Problems From Hurricane Sandy

    Nov 1, 12 • 257 Views • No Comments

    Reading economist Arnold Kling’s explanation of why it will take a very long time to return to normal from Hurricane Sandy, I kept thinking of my own NJ disaster devastated neighborhood with downed trees on roads covered with branches, leaves and wires....  [read more]

  • Self-interest represents the seeds that blossom into economic growth.

    Job Creators or Robber Barons?

    Oct 3, 12 • 329 Views • 2 Comments

    I have confessed before that I admire the entrepreneurs who have been called the robber barons. Carnegie and steel, Rockefeller and oil, J.J. Hill and railroads, Morgan and money. These men and others from their 19th century world competed lethally. On the...  [read more]

  • Industries afflicted with Baumol's Disease have slower productivity growth.

    Affordable (Cambodian) Health Care

    Jun 16, 12 • 239 Views • No Comments

    A village in Cambodia had problems with affordable health care but they found a solution. Traditionally,  if someone got sick, the gods had to be appeased with an offering that might include a buffalo, a cow, some bananas, incense, rice wine, a chicken. It...  [read more]

  • Our Transportation Infrastructure is Crumbling

    A Low (Safety) Grade For a New Jersey Roadway

    Mar 31, 12 • 347 Views • No Comments

    I have to admit that the Pulaski Skyway terrifies me. Driving across it, I always remember the Minneapolis bridge that collapsed during rush hour in 2007. The Pulaski Skyway is an 80-year-old rickety looking structure. A sister to the Minneapolis bridge, the...  [read more]

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    Municipal Rivalries

    Aug 14, 11 • 228 Views • No Comments

    Called the Tappan Zee, there is a bridge that extends across the Hudson River just north of New York City. It could have been a mile long or 2 but instead, politicians selected a spot where the river was 3 miles wide. The result was a more complex and pricey...  [read more]