In an Opinion piece for the Boston Globe, Jeffrey D. Sachs, University Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, proposes long term planning to address the nation’s aging infrastructure.
“Each new wave of infrastructure underpinned a half-century of economic growth. Yet each wave of infrastructure also reached its inherent limits, in part by causing adverse side effects and in part by being overtaken by a new technological revolution. And so it will be with our generation. The Automobile Age has run its course; our job is to renew our infrastructure in line with new needs, especially climate safety, and new opportunities, especially ubiquitous online information and smart machines.”