For as long as I can remember, I have heard in the media that the United States doesn’t spend enough on infrastructure. And for as long I as can remember, more and more money has been spent on other, more immediate priorities, even as federal, state and local government debts have risen.
On the other hand, I have come to see all such statements, by all interests, as essentially self-serving. “Studies” are produced by interest groups seeking more for themselves, and pretending that they will be paid for by money dropping out of the sky, not by having other people left with less, now or later. These are replicated by a media seeking an easy story.
So how much has the United States spent on infrastructure? How has this changed over time? And how does New York City, where the transportation infrastructure is smaller than it was 70 years ago as a result of the loss of the West Side Highway, and the 3rdAvenue and Myrtle elevated rapid transit lines, compare with the national average? Census of Governments data will be used to find out.