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Washington, D.C. is America's Construction Capital

by Josh Marks (writer), Washington, D.C., July 30, 2012

Credit: Josh Marks
CityCenterDC construction cranes

The construction boom in Washington, D.C. is a model for what the rest of the country and the world for that matter must do to end this depression now -- build, build, build!

In the nation's capital, construction cranes are as familiar to the city's skyline as the Washington monument and Capitol dome. Recession? What recession? It is boom times in Washington, D.C. If anti-government, anti-growth Republicans in Congress ever decided to work with President Obama to get the economic recovery moving faster (or if moderates and progressives take over this November), it would be amazing to see the rest of the country build housing, retail, office and infrastructure at the rate D.C. is doing right now.

In these troubling times, construction cranes carry much symbolism. A construction crane represents jobs, progress, innovation, hope for the future. Construction cranes are the antidote to awful austerity and a stalled economy. Construction cranes are brilliant reminders that when the public sector and private sector team up for the benefit of the country, then the future of the United States of America is bright indeed.

I encourage anyone to visit the Washington, D.C. area and see for yourself the amazing construction boom going on. I now live in New York City, but after living in Los Angeles, California for nine years, the past two years were spent rediscovering my hometown. I was in awe at the neighborhoods being rapidly revitalized and the construction cranes seemingly everywhere. From the H Street Trolley to CityCenterDC to the National Mall restoration to Metro's Silver Line extension, the nation's capital is powering its way out of the economic depression.

The construction boom in Washington, D.C. is a model for what the rest of the country and the world for that matter must do to end this depression now -- build, build, build!

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By Inmyredhead on July 31, 2012 at 12:19 am

Powering it's way out of economic depression with tax money for the most part. That's a false solution.

I don't put a whole lot of weight into the 'hope' for America's future just because of a lot of over priced (union most likely) construction jobs in the DC area. It just tells me where a lot of my money is going. New government office buildings... government subsidized low income housing, fancier White House Visitor center....a number of underground Museums, grossly expensive memorials, grand city centers. Yay.

Fiscally, DC is a world of it's own and I find it hard to relate.

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By Josh Marks on August 01, 2012 at 10:41 am

You should learn the lessons of the Great Depression. "powering it's way out of economic depression with tax money" is exactly how we got out of the depression. And Americans bought War Bonds because it was the patriotic thing to do. Are you not patriotic Immyredhead? Are you unAmerican? Who builds our infrastructure in America? Not the private sector. Stop hating Washington and the government. Other countries that are passing us in almost every area don't have the anti-government nuts like you. They have a much healthier view of the public sector. So get off your ideological horse and start rebuilding America.

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By Inmyredhead on August 02, 2012 at 02:41 am

A: The purchase of War Bonds was voluntary. Taxes are not. I have no choice what the Govt. in Washington decides to build with my money. Let's call a spade a spade. You are vaguely raving about the construction on the one hand and yet in your reply to me basically saying yes the govt. is doing a lot of the building and yes taxes are being used. I have a right to not be impressed.

B: Nor am I impressed with you and your lack of professionalism. But you are young. You will learn the difference between writing on a personal blog where anything goes and writing in a public forum where people usually expect to be taken seriously and dont call their readers names for their opinions. You can't post an article publicly and not expect some one to have a differing opinion. Or are you, the great American that you are- for free speech only as it pertains to you?

C: With what money does the government build said infrastructure? Hmm? Do govt. employees go to work everyday only to get their weekly pay checks to then turn them over to the road crews and over paid govt union construction workers to pay for all that infrastructure with their personal money?

D: I'm not anti government actually. But I am anti excessive government. There is a big difference. The whole idea of a government under the control of it's people and not the other way around is America 101. A true patriot should know that.

E: 'Other countries' are often dictatorships, be they outright so or veiled in a new found version of 'deomcracy'. I'll keep my so called according to you unAmerican, unpatriotic, unhealthy and idealogical view thank you very much.

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By Josh Marks on August 02, 2012 at 12:03 pm


The U.S. needs to spend $2 trillion to upgrade and repair our crumbling infrastructure. No one but the government is able to kickstart these projects (with help from the private sector of course).

And by other countries, I mean Western Europe, Scandinavia, China, Japan, Singapore, Canada, who all invest way more public money into infrastructure like roads, bridges, high-speed rail, aviation, broadband, piping, etc..

The U.S. also invests 2.4% of GDP on infrastructure compared to 5% in Europe and 9% in China.

The Economist reports that the World Economic Forum now ranks the United States twenty-third overall for infrastructure quality between Spain and Chile.

How do we pay for infrastructure? Taxes.

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