One Cool Thing: Infrastructure, An American Classic

Cartoon by Alex Bowman for ODP

As the Biden administration readies to enact an infrastructure plan, Congressional Republicans continue to lament that water pipes, EV chargers, and expanded railways “don’t count” as infrastructure. Yet, as Biden cabinet members have been saying: we need to expand our definition of infrastructure beyond roads and bridges to prepare our country for the future. As Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg tweeted, “Infrastructure could be the road that takes you to work or the broadband that links your kids into school. When it works, we don’t notice it. When it fails, we are less free.”

But President Biden may have said it best:

“Two hundred years ago, trains weren’t “traditional” infrastructure either until America made a choice to lay down tracks across the country.  Highways weren’t “traditional” infrastructure until we allowed ourselves to imagine that roads could connect our nation across state lines.
 
The idea of infrastructure has always evolved to meet the aspirations of the American people and their needs, and it’s evolving again today.”

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