Infrastructure – A group for building stuff!
In the last post I referred to the Economist’s idea for infrastructure decisions to be made by a ‘group for building stuff’ as if the real issue were ‘how to build’ rather than what to build – and, even more critically, why to build it – and why now? It is said that during the depression, people constructed holes and others filled them in again, as a means of keeping people employed and with an income. Now, no one wanted the holes – or they wouldn’t have been filled in again. But is it any different today, with a desire to ‘build stuff’. Perhaps we are fooling ourselves that today’s constructions are more community-valuable than those holes? If so, should we not focus on the value to be achieved, rather than the building of stuff?