Originally Posted by jd3189
Sorry to ask, but what the hell does that have to do with anything? If infrastructure needs to be approved by Congress, just ask your senator or representative to support it. What really needs to happen to help the U.S. become more urban is that Americans need to see why living in a densely populated area is better than cruising through suburbs. Or better yet, urbanize suburbs, like this article is trying to say. America is a country that is larger than the western part of Europe but has a lower population. We are kinda lucky to still have the majority of our land not developed.
How is this not abundantly apparent?
Yes, infrastructure needs to be approved by Congress. In the House that's reasonably possible, because the majority of Americans do live in large metroplitan areas (the "median American" lives in Columbus, OH, population about 1.5 million) and House representation is based on population. In the Senate though, it's totally hopeless without tons of pork and earmarks.
The ten most populous states contain 54% of the U.S. population but get only 20% of the vote in the Senate. How are you ever going to get the senators from Wyoming, Idaho, Maine, the Dakotas, etc. to vote for funding any infrastructure other than roads, when none of that infrastructure is needed in their states? As a result, policies that would benefit the majority of the country, living in these more populous, generally more urbanized states, cannot get passed unless they are part of a larger bill that gives some kind of kickbacks to other senators (which invariably make it a bad bill).