Mayor Adams, Build a Bigger Manhattan

“New Mannahatta” would help the city’s housing crisis and protect against the impact of climate change. 

#adams-eric-l, #affordable-housing, #floods, #global-warming, #infrastructure-public-works, #manhattan-nyc, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

As Infrastructure Money Flows, Wastewater Improvements Are Key

The new law allocates $11.7 billion for wastewater and stormwater projects. Will it get to the impoverished communities who need it most?

#alabama, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #environmental-protection-agency, #federal-aid-us, #federal-state-relations-us, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #lowndes-county-alabama, #race-and-ethnicity, #sewers-and-sewage, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water

As the Mayor Promised Millions for New Monuments, Old Ones Crumbled

Without dedicated funding for conservation, many of New York City’s public memorials and artworks are decaying from neglect.

#art, #battery-park-city-authority, #bogart-michele-h, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #housing-authority-nyc, #infrastructure-public-works, #mccray-chirlane, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #new-york-city, #parks-and-recreation-department-nyc, #puryear-martin, #restoration-and-renovation, #riverside-park-manhattan-ny, #riverside-park-conservancy, #sculpture

Billions in Amtrak Funding Could Modernize Aging Rail System

The $1 trillion infrastructure bill that President Biden signed into law includes money that Amtrak hopes can fix crumbling bridges and tunnels along the Northeast Corridor.

#amtrak, #bridges-and-tunnels, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #railroads

Fed Up With Those Who Won’t Get Vaccinated

Readers join Charles M. Blow in voicing anger at vaccine resisters who endanger others. Also: The brain as democracy’s infrastructure.

#anger-emotion, #blow-charles-m, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #education-k-12, #infrastructure-public-works, #vaccination-and-immunization

Blinken, in Indonesia, Stresses Soft Power to Counter China

The U.S. secretary of state seeks to make the case that the United States is a better bet as a partner than China, even if it’s not spending so lavishly in the region.

#assn-of-southeast-asian-nations, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #indonesia, #infrastructure-public-works, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #southeast-asia

Deals Reached on 3 Major NYC Transportation Projects

Elected officials announced deals on funding of a new international terminal at Kennedy Airport and improvements to commuter train service.

#airports, #cotton-rick, #hochul-kathleen-c, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #kennedy-international-airport-queens-ny, #long-island-rail-road-co, #manhattan-nyc, #metro-north-commuter-railroad, #new-york-city, #pennsylvania-station-manhattan-ny, #port-authority-of-new-york-and-new-jersey, #railroads, #regional-plan-assn, #schumer-charles-e

Why New York Is Unearthing a Brook It Buried a Century Ago

A plan to “daylight” Tibbetts Brook in the Bronx would be one of the city’s most ambitious green infrastructure improvements.

#bronx-nyc, #csx-corporation, #department-of-environmental-protection-nyc, #dinowitz-jeffrey, #floods, #global-warming, #infrastructure-public-works, #sanderson-eric-w, #water, #wildlife-conservation-society

Billions for Climate Protection Fuel New Debate: Who Deserves It Most

The $1 trillion infrastructure law funds programs that tend to favor wealthy, white communities — a test for Biden’s pledge to defend the most vulnerable against climate change.

#federal-emergency-management-agency, #floods, #global-warming, #income-inequality, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

Citi Bike Struggles to Keep Up With New Yorkers’ Love of Cycling

New Yorkers are biking much more since the pandemic, making it hard to find bikes and parking docks in some high-use neighborhoods.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #citi-bike, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #infrastructure-public-works, #new-york-city, #roads-and-traffic, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #transportation-department-nyc

After Hurricane Sandy, a Park in Lower Manhattan at the Center of a Fight

Nine years after Hurricane Sandy, residents of Lower Manhattan are still vulnerable to rising seas. The fight over a plan to protect them reveals why progress on our most critical challenges is so hard.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #audio-neutral-immersive, #audio-neutral-informative, #audio-positive-escape, #big-bjarke-ingels-group, #city-council-nyc, #coastal-areas, #east-river-nyc, #floods, #franklin-d-roosevelt-drive-manhattan-ny, #global-warming, #housing-authority-nyc, #hurricane-sandy-2012, #infrastructure-public-works, #internal-open-access, #lower-east-side-manhattan-ny, #netherlands, #rivers

Riding a Citi Bike? Good Luck Finding a Parking Spot.

New Yorkers are biking much more since the pandemic, making it hard to find bikes and parking docks in some high-use neighborhoods.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #citi-bike, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #infrastructure-public-works, #new-york-city, #roads-and-traffic, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #transportation-department-nyc

Where Will We Be in 20 Years?

Looking at demographic data can help us assess the opportunities and challenges of the coming decades.

#delivery-services, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #entrepreneurship, #infrastructure-public-works, #urban-areas

Could Roads Recharge Electric Cars? The Technology May Be Close.

But challenges await, including technical issues, regulatory barriers and many miles of highway.

#automobile-service-and-charging-stations, #batteries, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #future-of-transportation, #infrastructure-public-works, #roads-and-traffic

Years of Delays, Billions in Overruns: The Dismal History of Big Infrastructure

The nation’s most ambitious engineering projects are mired in postponements and skyrocketing costs. Delivering $1.2 trillion in new infrastructure will be tough.

#associated-builders-and-contractors, #building-construction, #engineering-and-engineers, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #labor-and-jobs

Spending as if the Future Matters

Public investment, including spending on children, is a worthy American tradition.

#american-families-plan-2021, #american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #education-k-12, #income-inequality, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

One Historic Black Neighborhood’s Stake in the Infrastructure Bill

Generations of New Orleans residents have dreamed of the day when the Claiborne Expressway might be removed. President Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure package could eventually make that possible.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #federal-budget-us, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #new-orleans-la, #roads-and-traffic

Joe Biden’s Infrastructure Bill Is a Big Success

Voters may pummel Democrats next year but future generations will be grateful. 

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-tax-credits-and-stipends, #consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #inflation-economics, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #stimulus-economic, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries

Biden Says His Infrastructure Law Is a ‘Big Deal.’ How Big?

$550 billion for new spending is big, but many say America’s infrastructure needs are even bigger.

#airports, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #debatable, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #lead, #railroads, #water, #water-pollution

Biden’s Infrastructure Win Deserves Recognition

Can we give the legislation that the president signed on Monday its due?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #inflation-economics, #infrastructure-public-works, #internal-sub-only-nl, #united-states-economy

Biden Sells Infrastructure Improvements as a Way to Counter China

Spending on roads, broadband internet and more will help revitalize U.S. competitiveness against its top economic adversary, the president says.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #international-trade-and-world-market, #united-states-economy, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

‘We Finally Have Something to Celebrate’: The Infrastructure Bill Is Signed

Readers hail the $1 trillion bill but bemoan the partisanship and worry about online scams. Also: Paid family leave; court logjam; food deliveries.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #delivery-services, #family-leaves, #food, #infrastructure-public-works, #paid-time-off, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #prisons-and-prisoners, #republican-party, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #united-states-politics-and-government

US Goal of Racial Equity in Infrastructure Is Left to States

The decision about how to spend the money falls largely to state governments, raising questions about whether the package can live up to its ambition.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #area-planning-and-renewal, #discrimination, #infrastructure-public-works, #race-and-ethnicity, #roads-and-traffic, #transportation, #united-states-politics-and-government

U.S. Goal of Racial Equity in Infrastructure Is Left to States

The decision about how to spend the money falls largely to state governments, raising questions about whether the package can live up to its ambition.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #area-planning-and-renewal, #discrimination, #infrastructure-public-works, #race-and-ethnicity, #roads-and-traffic, #transportation, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Signs $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill Into Law

Billions of dollars will now pour into American communities, although the final package falls short of the president’s ambitions.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Got His Bipartisan Win. Now, Reality Sets In.

President Biden, who is facing low approval ratings, hopes the infrastructure bill will help him project sustained progress in confronting a surge in inflation and growing alarm about the midterm elections.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #infrastructure-public-works, #united-states-politics-and-government

The M.T.A. Will Avoid Immediate Fare Hikes and Service Cuts

Officials said that federal money, including the $1 trillion infrastructure bill, will help the M.T.A. keep fares stable for at least six months and avoid service cuts.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hochul-kathleen-c, #infrastructure-public-works, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #reinvent-albany, #subways, #transit-systems

How the $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill Could New York

The bill, which President Biden is expected to sign Monday, is likely to fund road and bridge repairs, water infrastructure upgrades and airport expansions.

#airports, #bridges-and-tunnels, #brookings-institution, #buses, #connecticut, #corbett-kevin-s, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #garbarino-andrew, #gutman-hank, #infrastructure-public-works, #latimer-george-s, #law-and-legislation, #malliotakis-nicole, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-jersey, #new-jersey-transit, #new-york-city, #reed-thomas-w-ii, #regional-plan-assn, #roads-and-traffic, #subways, #transit-systems, #tri-state-transportation-campaign, #van-drew-jeff

Biden Names Mitch Landrieu to Oversee Infrastructure Spending

Mr. Landrieu, a former mayor of New Orleans, will supervise the distribution of funds from the bipartisan legislation that the president will sign into law on Monday.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #infrastructure-public-works, #landrieu-mitch, #louisiana, #united-states-politics-and-government

Ocasio-Cortez Isn’t Wavering. Are New Yorkers on Her Side?

By voting no on the infrastructure bill, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez set off a fierce debate, including among city residents eager to see the subways improved.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #bronx-nyc, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #infrastructure-public-works, #new-york-city, #ocasio-cortez-alexandria, #queens-nyc

Illinois Republican Lawmakers at Odds on Infrastructure Bill

Representative Darin LaHood voted against the infrastructure bill while Representative Adam Kinzinger supported it. The split reflects the Republican Party’s post-Trump era of uncertainty.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #illinois, #infrastructure-public-works, #kinzinger-adam, #lahood-darin, #law-and-legislation, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Got His Infrastructure Bill. Now He Has to Sell It to Voters.

Inside the Democratic Party, concerns are growing about whether the president will be able to fully capitalize on a major legislative victory.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #infrastructure-public-works, #polls-and-public-opinion, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government

Deck the Halls With Infrastructure

Fa la la la la la la la la.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #americans-for-prosperity, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #infrastructure-public-works, #manchin-joe-iii, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

13 Republicans Face Backlash for Backing Infrastructure Bill

The 13 Republican lawmakers who broke with their party to support a $1 trillion bipartisan public works bill have drawn anger and threats from their colleagues and constituents.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #house-of-representatives, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Got Climate Doom? Here’s What You Can Do to Actually Make a Difference

Genevieve Guenther and David Wallace-Wells on what matters and doesn’t in your personal fight against climate change.

#audio-neutral-informative, #content-type-service, #global-warming, #infrastructure-public-works, #podcasts, #the-uninhabitable-earth-life-after-warming-book

A Conversation With a Virginia Democrat

Representative Abigail Spanberger, a moderate, discusses her reservations about the Biden agenda and her party’s prospects.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #audio-neutral-informative, #democratic-party, #elections-governors, #infrastructure-public-works, #spanberger-abigail, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia

How Infrastructure Week Finally Happened

Getting past incompetence, cronyism and ideology.

#democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #infrastructure-public-works, #polls-and-public-opinion, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

On Chicago’s West Side, Urgent Needs Collide With Washington Compromises

Activists say the needs of struggling communities in Chicago and elsewhere vastly exceed the billions Congress is spending.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #budgets-and-budgeting, #chicago-ill, #democratic-party, #garcia-jesus-g-1956, #house-of-representatives, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #race-and-ethnicity, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Democrats’ No Good, Very Bad Day Changes the Landscape

Bridges of America, rejoice!

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #dream-act-development-relief-and-education-for-minors-act, #education-k-12, #elections-governors, #infrastructure-public-works, #justice-democrats, #republican-party, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government, #youngkin-glenn-a

Biden Nabs a Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

The bipartisan infrastructure bill has passed. Now it’s time for Democratic centrists to make a good-faith deal on the Build Back Better bill.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #house-of-representatives, #infrastructure-public-works, #mccarthy-kevin-1965, #pelosi-nancy, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

In Infrastructure Votes, 19 Members Broke With Their Party

The defectors who crossed partisan lines in Congress include 13 Republicans who supported the bill and the six liberal members of “The Squad,” who opposed it.

#bacon-don-1963, #bowman-jamaal, #bush-cori, #congressional-progressive-caucus, #democratic-party, #fitzpatrick-brian-k-1973, #garbarino-andrew, #gonzalez-anthony-e-1984, #house-of-representatives, #infrastructure-public-works, #katko-john-1962, #kinzinger-adam, #law-and-legislation, #malliotakis-nicole, #ocasio-cortez-alexandria, #omar-ilhan, #pressley-ayanna, #reed-thomas-w-ii, #republican-party, #tlaib-rashida, #united-states-politics-and-government, #upton-fred, #van-drew-jeff

Biden Celebrates Infrastructure Win, Even if Harder Victory Is Ahead

“Finally! Infrastructure week!” the president declared with a broad smile.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #infrastructure-public-works, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Congressional Black Caucus Was Key to the Infrastructure Vote

Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent the chairwoman of the caucus, Representative Joyce Beatty of Ohio, to announce a key deal, understanding that the lawmaker had more influence at that point than she did.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bridges-and-tunnels, #congressional-progressive-caucus, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #republican-party, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Infrastructure Bill Makes First Major U.S. Investment in Climate Resilience

The measure includes $47 billion to help communities prepare for the new age of extreme fires, floods, storms and droughts that scientists say are worsened by human-caused climate change.

#agriculture-department, #american-jobs-plan-2021, #army-corps-of-engineers, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bureau-of-reclamation, #environmental-protection-agency, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heat-and-heat-waves, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #infrastructure-public-works, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water, #weather, #wildfires

This Is Where the States Want Billions in Infrastructure Funding Spent

The plan finally approved on Friday will address transportation, water, broadband, energy and public safety needs that have been building for years, sometimes decades.

#alaska, #american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bridges-and-tunnels, #california, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #federal-aid-us, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #new-jersey, #railroads, #states-us, #transit-systems, #transportation, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water

Facing Moderate Revolt, Democrats Put Social Policy Bill on Hold

Leaders pressed for a vote on a separate infrastructure bill, but the fate of both measures was in doubt amid party divisions, despite pleas from President Biden.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-care, #congressional-budget-office, #democratic-party, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #education-pre-school, #global-warming, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #house-of-representatives, #infrastructure-public-works, #jayapal-pramila, #law-and-legislation, #paid-time-off, #pelosi-nancy, #taxation, #united-states-politics-and-government

House Democrats Hunt for Votes to Pass Biden’s Domestic Agenda

Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants a vote as soon as Thursday night on a $1.85 trillion social policy and climate bill, but moderates are pushing back.

#american-families-plan-2021, #american-jobs-plan-2021, #democratic-party, #federal-budget-us, #house-of-representatives, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #pelosi-nancy, #senate, #taxation, #united-states-politics-and-government

Democrats, Stung by Electoral Losses, Press Forward on Biden Agenda

Disappointed by a loss in Virginia and a closer-than-expected race in New Jersey, Democrats were working toward quick action on key bills to show they could govern.

#casey-robert-p-jr, #democratic-party, #education-pre-school, #house-of-representatives, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #malinowski-tom, #manchin-joe-iii, #new-jersey, #pelosi-nancy, #republican-party, #senate, #stefanik-elise, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia, #youngkin-glenn-a

A Delicate Compromise in the Capitol

President Biden’s ability to win legislative consensus is being tested by his social spending and infrastructure bills.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #infrastructure-public-works, #united-states-politics-and-government

A Social Policy ‘Framework’ Fails to Secure a Biden Victory

President Biden went to the Capitol to detail a compromise on social safety net and climate legislation, but he couldn’t break the liberal blockade on another priority, infrastructure.

#american-families-plan-2021, #american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government