The Works Progress Administration, created while President Franklin Roosevelt was in office, built 78,000 bridges and viaducts, and improved 46,000 more, all during the Great Depression. The economic crisis called for a massive expansion of our infrastructure and more importantly, displayed vision, leadership, and commitment from federal government to bring the nation out of disrepair. A recent New York Times opinion piece sheds light on current crises - deficient bridges and Atlanta's severe drought - that have many officials concerned about the future of the nation. The opinion piece suggests presidential candidates should be campaigning on these issues, and is urging our government to establish long-range public investments once again.
New York Times opinion piece.pdf