For generations, communities across the United States have dealt with infrastructure that exacerbates poverty and environmental issues. The problem is contrary to the basic notion that infrastructure is meant to help the communities it serves.
Though the U.S. is the wealthiest nation in the world, this is the state of its infrastructure in 2020:
- More than two million Americans lack running water, wastewater services or indoor plumbing.
- Nearly five in 10 Americans (about 45.8%) face toxic air quality.
- Nearly half of Americans (45%) lack access to public transportation.
- Nearly one-third of Americans (31%) face energy insecurity.
In the poorest communities in the U.S., local infrastructure fails to give footing to its own citizens, lowers living quality and divides communities instead of uniting them. Solving this issue clearly requires investments in better suited infrastructure and more accessible renewable energy.
However, outdated infrastructure has not served in the past as a catalyst for improvements. Instead, federal investments and programs designed to encourage better infrastructure have found themselves intertwined in a political quagmire of deflective responsibility between local and national authorities for decades. Despite this history, legislators can address these issues sustainably by rebuilding communities across the country.
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