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August 23, 2007 - 7:35pm ET
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Yesterday I wrote about how the right identified Hurrican Katrina as a golden opportunity. Today? It's the I-35W bridge collapse. Minnesapolis 'wingers are bringing in a think-tanker from Washington to explain why their town now needs a corporate bridge.
* * SPECIAL LUNCHEON FORUM * *
SAFEGUARDING AND REBUILDING AMERICA'S PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE
The Indispensable Role of Markets
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Hilton Airport ● Minnesota Valley Ballroom
3800 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
In the terrible wake of the 35W bridge collapse, please join us for a special American Experiment Luncheon Forum at which Robert Poole, founder of the Reason Foundation in Los Angeles, talks about better ways of rebuilding our nation's Interstate and urban expressway system while simultaneously expanding its capacity to cope with growth.
Mr. Poole has written about how the "Twentieth Century's highway funding and governance model worked reasonably well," but that it "leaves much to be desired for the Twenty-First," making it time to shift to a more market-based model--the earliest stages of which, he says, are "struggling to be born."
Bringing matters home, the 35W bridge disaster very sadly "illustrates some of the old system's failings." Replacing the span offers a "possible testing ground for a more effective market-grounded approach."
A mechanical engineer trained at M.I.T., Bob Poole currently serves as Reason's Director of Transportation Studies.
Incidentally, like a seminar on the Iraq War underwritten by Halliburton, the event is cosponsored by "Cretex Concrete Products."
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