Defining the Infrastructure Problem—The Local View

by William Marconi, San Francisco Bureau of Engineering, San Francisco, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Rebuilding America: Infrastructure Rehabilitation


The Governor's report defines infrastructure as 'the collective network of physical facilities and their maintenance necessary to sustain economic growth and quality of life'. A broad definition, and it includes everything from roads, to water distribution, and waste water treatment facilities, schools, airports, hospitals, prisons, jails, utilities, mass transit, and parks. The report subdivides infrastructure into three categories: 1. Intrinsic: streets, water facilities, utilities, telephones. These provide the physical amenities for a society. 2. Protective: police and fire protection, and health facilities. These contribute directly to public safety and health. 3. Enriching Facilities: schools and parks. These cater to the cultural, educational and recreational needs of the individuals.

Subject Headings: Health care facilities | Water treatment plants | Water supply systems | Public health and safety | School buildings | Public transportation | Parks | Infrastructure

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