Infrastructure Is Only as Good as Its Users Believe it to Be

Parks, schools, roads, bridges, airports, housing and even broadband and water systems — the fact is, infrastructure touches every part of our lives. Yet, somehow, we rarely think about it until it fails us. Policymakers often see infrastructure only as dull technical decisions about how much to invest in concrete structures, when it is what knits our communities together or tears them apart. Click here to read the rest of this article.

Pittsburghers protest local firm DCK Worldwide tied to detention-center construction

According to several estimates, the proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico would cost around $20 billion. President Donald Trump is pushing to have funding for the project included in a budget measure currently being considered to avoid government shutdown. Click here to read the rest of this article.

Lucrative project tantalizes builders – except that it's Trump's wall

This week, a nascent national movement takes to the streets to protest the building of a border wall with Mexico. But they’re not marching on Washington or in individual state capitals. Instead, they’re showing up on the doorsteps of major engineering and construction firms to persuade them not to help build the proposed wall. Click here to read the rest of this article.

Study shows Southern construction workers getting screwed on wages, benefits, safety

A new report whose authors label it a “call to action” shows that construction workers in the South get little or no employment benefits and comparatively low pay. The 68-page report—Build a Better South: Construction Working Conditions in the Southern U.S.—was put together by the Workers Defense Project, Partnership for Working Families, and the College of Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois. The authors surveyed workers in six Southern states.

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