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We Will Never Build it Before They Come

John Birmingham gets the relationship between population growth and infrastructure:

Our built environment, our urban infrastructure has always lagged at least a decade behind what was required to house and support our population. We don’t build empty cities and wait for them to fill up. It’s more efficient, and less wasteful, to cram our new arrivals into the streets and houses and apartment blocks and schools and offices and factories we already have. Only then do we begin to build the extra capacity we need to service the growth.

 

posted on 21 July 2010 by skirchner in Economics, Population & Migration

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