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Juliette Kayyem

Bridge to the future

This time, let’s build infrastructure that lasts

Following the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, workers separate a section of the Bay Bridge to be removed and taken ashore for repair. Following the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, workers separate a section of the Bay Bridge to be removed and taken ashore for repair. (file 1989/Associated Press)
Globe Columnist / February 16, 2012
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President Obama’s blueprint for fiscal 2013 has a lot of losers, and it is not the rich Americans who might see their taxes increased. For all the bad news, the budget also reflects a commitment, in numbers, to rebuild our neglected infrastructure. It is ostensibly for job creation. But it is also an opportunity to promote the obvious, but so often ignored, sentiment that we should not simply build, but build to last.

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