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Orange Cone Headaches: Construction in an Overpopulated, Pro-Growth World

Posted On: Sep 20, 2021   |   Posted By: Steady State

Orange Cone Headaches: Construction in an Overpopulated, Pro-Growth World

By Karen I. Shragg
Spotting a “Road Work Ahead” sign is enough to make any driver groan or nervously clutch her steering wheel. These warnings are meant to ensure people's safety, yet they often also come with a myriad of traffic problems: congestion, noise, car wrecks, etc. In cities especially, orange cones are littered everywhere, causing copious delays and all for the sake of further “improvement” projects.
Warning: these signs are inescapable in cities all across the USA. (Image: CC BY-SA 3.0 , Credit: josefstuefer )
While infrastructure repair is an ongoing necessity, these endless construction headaches are symptomatic of something deeper: A fruitless scramble to accommodate our growing numbers. More people means more cement. More cement means more traffic, more pollution, and higher demands on our resources. We build out and up with total disregard for the impact on our quality of life, the survival of wildlife, and the sustainability of our water resources.
Cities throughout the USA are strangled...

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