30th May 2024

Yesterday I mentioned all of the the explanation why the return to workplace was not going so properly right here within the US (at the same time as RTO does significantly better in Europe). I spent lots of time criticizing the sorry state of U.S. infrastructure as one of many many components driving the reluctance to surrender WFH.

It doesn’t must be this manner.

Again in 2018, I discussed my private infrastructure was enhancing. Fairly than simply give attention to the damaging, let’s focus on the positives which have proven up just lately within the state of transportation and public amenities over the previous 5 years:

LaGuardia Airport: It might shock you to study that America’s worst airport is now its finest.1 It took a large rethink of La Guardia – an getting older, dingy native airport on a slender strip of land between Sheepshead Bay and the Grand Central Parkway with out sufficient room for planes to maneuver and drivers to choose up and drop off passengers. The result’s a wild success. Certain, it’s costly, however that’s what occurs while you permit issues to fester. It’s not even completed but, and folks have been raving in regards to the enhancements, all of which have taken place whereas the airport continued to function. Greatest quote about from a brand new arrival: “I feel we got here to the flawed airport.”

LIRR Grand Central Station: It’s been within the works for many years and I don’t wish to take into consideration the associated fee overruns, however now that it’s open it’s a recreation changer for Lengthy Island commuters. It’s large, stunning, well-lit, well-signed, and goes to vary the industrial actual property image on the East aspect of Manhattan for the foreseeable future. As soon as once more I’ve to surprise why we waited so lengthy to decide to this undertaking

Penn Station: A perennial shithole following the destruction of the as soon as magnificent Pennsylvania Station in 1963, the LIRR’s house station is lastly getting the makeover it deserves. Excessive ceilings broad areas vastly improved signage and a common well-thought out improve is making New York’s worst prepare terminal significantly better. Or it lasts the enchantment of the LIRR Grand Central Station and even the magnificent (Jackie Onassis saved) GCS. But it surely’s an enormous and wildly overdue enchancment.

UBS Enviornment Queens: The most recent addition to reside leisure in New York is kind of spectacular. A lot of the work was achieved through the pandemic lockdown. “Made for music, constructed for hockey. House of the New York Islanders.”

There are such a lot of different tasks we may focus on, a lot of that are almost full: Second Avenue Subway, all the interstate freeway repaving (accomplished 20 years late), Barclays Heart in Brooklyn, the lengthy overdue bridge repairs, automated tolls for tunnels, and so forth.

What’s wonderful about all these amenities isn’t that they’re large and delightful and environment friendly however that we have been misled into believing that America may not construct issues like this.

Beforehand:
Of Course WFH is “Actually Working” (March 29, 2023)

Infrastructure

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1. I’ve just lately been to airports in Dallas, San Diego, Tampa Bay and Phoenix. All of those are in pretty respectable form having been renovated sooner or later over the previous 20 years. Maybe it’s my recency bias or simply how terrible the outdated one was however, hey all pale in comparison with the brand new La Guardia.

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