Wired reports we're just giving up as a society, Cash-Strapped Towns Are Un-Paving Roads They Can’t Afford to Fix
In an era of dismal infrastructure spending, where the American Society of Civil Engineers gives the country’s roads a D grade, rural areas all over the country are embracing this kind of strategic retreat. Transportation agencies in at least 27 states have unpaved roads, according to a new report from the National Highway Cooperative Highway Research program. They’ve done the bulk of that work in the past five years.
Interest rates are near zero, which means the government could borrow money at almost no cost and repair our infrastructure (and by the way provide jobs) so we can rejoin the first world. But no, instead we're just giving up.