Tuesday 20 February 2018


Infrastructure investment of the past cannot be maintained for operation in the future. Recent collapses and rebuilding based upon government inspection is opening opportunities for the private sector to take over what has been a sacred function of government ownership is changing.


This infrastructure crisis involves roads, schools, dams, power grids, and water pipes as well as roads and railway lines. It would be prudent to invest some portion of the national trillion and a half dollars over the next five years to reconsider all the transportation alternatives. What should we do for the Great Valley’s regional plan? Is the current focus on a band-aid fix to Hwy 99 the only answer? Or should we invest in CHSR project to link all the cities between Bakersfield and Merced?

The reality question is how will John Q. Public pay for these improvements? With the present dollar that is fast devaluing? This rescue mission for the overly indebted American consumer, not to mention the overly indebted American government, leads to increasing quantities of dollars and credit, which can only mean one thing: Dollar-holders beware.

A strong California infrastructure needs new technology investments. It means San Joaquin Valley Blueprint choosing the right transportation means for the future. Strong infrastructure needs strong spending. More spending means more urban design consolidation in transportation functions. As Bill Bonner points out: “The goal here — as with all government programs — is to produce the desired benefits while pushing the costs onto someone else. That’s how politics work. You promise something…and you force someone else to pay for it. You rob one Peter voter…and spread the loot among the Paul’s.”


In order to resolve these infrastructure problems the SJVB regional plan if it wishes to be worth it’s salt, should start with a concept of ideas that clearly designs alternative transportation infrastructures. Far more attention needs to be paid to such elements for city building. These are the long-term structures that we all pay for and use as they contain a flow of life support for our human needs. This includes the flows from source to end point of electricity, gas, oil, water, sewage, storm water, roads, “freeways”, rail and possibly waste disposal. These are all mostly underground-unseen working parts of “infrastructure”, but all serve to create value at their end points of service delivery to dwellers in cities, suburbs and rural areas.


Long-term value for all new urban settlements only comes when we see fit to alter status quo infrastructure modeling, implementation and operational patterns. Future urban design must offer less costly and more efficient ways to serve populations and pastures.


A simple quote about plans by Will Rogers is, “Plans get’s you things but you have got to work your way out.” This is what one has to do for the SJVB plan to entertain a distinction and difference that no one else can standardize.


Graham Kaye-Eddie


Master Urban Designer             471 words     10/13/07

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