Deteriorating infrastructure signals broader problems

02/24/2009 | Crain's Detroit Business

The U.S. instinctively wants to rebuild its transportation infrastructure when its economy deteriorates, writes David Honigman in Crain's Detroit Business. Honigman notes that the Broken Window Theory applies to transportation infrastructure. "Small disorders in the transportation infrastructure, like potholes, may initiate a cascade of economic decline much like a broken window triggers a cascade of decay in a city," he writes. Crumbling infrastructure suggests that the nation has given up on achieving leadership in the global marketplace, Honigman notes.

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