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Urban Infrastructure Waste Potential is Outdated

Infrastructure is at the root of the urban lifestyle. Easy access has been taken for granted - but that's changing.

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California water conservation in watersheds Infrastructure of water, energy and goods and people transportation is at the root of the urban lifestyle. Easy access to water, light, heat and cooling, even transportation to health care and shipping of goods and services.

Aging infrastructure is becoming a global problem as attention has shifted from these mundane, unseen essentials to more glamorous applications of public monies such as sports stadiums, college campuses and tourist attractions to attract out of town revenue.

Cairo, Los Angeles, Beijing, Paris, Moscow, Mumbai, Tokyo, Washington, Sao Paulo: Each major city has its own story of electricity, transportation, or water systems in crisis. Although the circumstances vary from one urban area to the next, they all have one thing in common: The critical infrastructure that is taken for granted by both their citizens and their government leaders is technologically outdated, woefully inadequate, increasingly fragile, or all of the above. In some cities, the quality of water, power, and transportation infrastructure is noticeably declining. In others, it was never very good to begin with. And few cities have enough of it to meet future needs.

An estimate developed by Booz Allen Hamilton suggests the magnitude of the problem. Over the next 25 years, modernizing and expanding the water, electricity, and transportation systems of the cities of the world will require approximately $40 trillion (see Exhibit 1) — a figure roughly equivalent to the 2006 market capitalization of all shares held in all stock markets in the world.

Not all projects have been equally deserving, not all forms of financing are equally advantageous, only some decision makers are sufficiently frugal and trustworthy, and wise judgment is not always applied in making and executing choices. Moreover, expertise cannot be applied the same way around the world: Getting an infrastructure project approved requires an entirely different political process for the multiple competing authorities of metropolitan New York than for the hierarchical government of a Chinese city like Beijing.

But the cost of not meeting the challenge could be even greater than $40 trillion. The global economy is rooted in an urban lifestyle, which evolved with basic assumptions that millions of people take for granted.

SOURCE: Read the extensive article from which this is a brief excerpt at Strategy-business.com



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