For U.S. Cities, Every Week Is “Infrastructure Week”

It’s Infrastructure Week in Washington, D.C., and thousands of leaders from business, labor and government have converged on the city. They’ve come to ask Congress to invest in the unglamorous but essential systems of modern life — including transportation, clean water and the electric grid.

Their mission is critical: Our nation’s infrastructure earned a grade of D+ from the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2013. Across the country, crumbling bridges and failing water treatment plants pose a real threat to public health and safety and a drain on economic growth.

This article was originally published in Next City.