What: Manufacturing in India is exploding, but freight trucks average 19 mph on potholed roads; goods are delayed in decrepit warehouses because India’s 28 states have different taxes; and clearing ports takes 12 times longer than in Hong Kong or Singapore. Read More
With San Francisco (like much of California) being such a bastion of healthful living, it was only to be expected that The City would pioneer wholesome school cafeteria fare — including the removal of sweetener-loaded drinks, foods and snacks. San Francisco first adopted a wellness policy in 2003. Unfortunately not enough attention was paid to the other side of the equation. Read More
The proposed transformation of Treasure Island, which would involve $1.5 billion in road and infrastructure spending and the eventual construction of 8,000 housing units, reaches another milestone tonight when the Planning Commission considers whether to endorse the environmental impact report.
Developers envision a bustling, self-contained economy that revolves around idyllic, affordable living space in the middle of San Francisco Bay. Read More
San Mateo County’s bridges are among the worst in the state by some measures, but work is under way to address some of the worst of the worst — and local officials say others aren’t as bad as they might appear.A report released last month by Transportation for America, a lobbying group campaigning for greater investment in transportation infrastructure, found that 74 of San Mateo County’s 344 bridges are considered “structurally deficient” based on federal and state data. Read More
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Needed street repairs are forcing The City to assume debt, prompting scrutiny of the increasing use of long-term borrowing. On Wednesday, The City moved forward with a plan to borrow $48 million for street resurfacing and other infrastructure work even though the repayment is expected to total $85.8 million over 20 years. Annual payments are estimated at $4 million. Read More
President Obama is calling for a $50 billion down payment on the nation's crumbling roads, railways and bridges, but his ambitious new spending proposal faces significant political roadblocks.
"Nearly one in five construction workers is still unemployed and needs a job, and that makes absolutely no sense at a time when there's so much of America that needs rebuilding," Obama said Monday in the Rose Garden. Read More