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Economic stimulus doesn't have to mean ecological disaster

Jump-starting old construction projects to create jobs would harm more than help us. We need to focus on 'smart green' infrastructure.

In his Nov. 24 Op-Ed article, " Depression-era projects, again,” Bill Boyarsky outlines some good reasons for Los Angeles residents to support President-elect Barack Obama's plan to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on infrastructure projects. We need the employment, and our city needs rebuilding. It's true that the "New New Deal" offers a fantastic opportunity to rebuild for the future, but this opportunity also contains real dangers. If we don't make careful choices about what kind of infrastructure we build, we will be hardening in concrete the ecological mistakes of our past.

Date
Dec 11, 2008
Reporter
A. Lipkis
Los Angeles Times
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Infrastructure (green)
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California
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