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Old 08-07-2014, 11:18 PM
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Originally Posted by tone77 View Post
I doubt it. I was in Japan last year and their infrastructure makes the USA look like a 3rd world country. As the previous poster said, as long as we continue to spend most of our money on the military, we will continue to fall behind countries like Japan.
This is funny. Anybody that truly knows Japanese infrastructure knows that their cities would easily be leveled with the next big earthquake.
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Old 08-08-2014, 10:01 AM
Location: bend oregon
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Have you seen how fast the Japanese can build stuff? It would be worse if a earthquake hit the west coast that's mostly suburbs.

It would be harder for the Japanese to get to a safe place thogh
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Old 08-08-2014, 10:31 AM
Location: Vineland, NJ
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Many cities in this country would have to be completely bulldozed and start over from scratch in order for that to happen.
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Old 08-08-2014, 01:12 PM
Location: Seattle, WA
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American cities would have to bulldoze miles upon miles of suburbs to have Japan's infrastructure. Seeing as how most American cities have something like a 9:1 suburb to urban ratio (I made up this figure), that seems impossible.
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Old 08-09-2014, 08:55 AM
Location: Allendale MI
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Originally Posted by jd433 View Post
Japan does not pay even a fraction of what the US does in entitlements. Therefore they have more money for infrastructure.
How do you not know about Japan's Debt crisis yet?
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Old 08-09-2014, 02:44 PM
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Do you mean will the US ever adopt the same type of infrastructure as Japan, or will the US ever reach the same quality of overall infrastructure as Japan?

If you mean the former, then no. The US will never have high speed railways crossing the country,most of our cities will never have massive subway systems, and we will never build more than a handful of airports from reclaimed land. The main reasons for this is that in Japan, space is a premium. In most of the US space is abundant. There is very little demand for hsr because only a few group of cities are close enough for rail service to be more economical than flying, yet far enough to be more economical than driving. Most cities don't need subways or light rail because driving is more time efficient in Americas spread out cities.

If you mean the later, then I would say that overall, Americas infrastructure is not as bad as the civil engineering and construction lobby make it out to be. Americas airport infrastructure is one of the best in the world. Nearly every sizable city has an airport and air service. Our highway system, which does need some updating at parts, is still incredibly efficient at moving both cargo and people across the whole country. Many of the highways in the US are worn out quickly from heavy traffic, and relatively extreme weather. One way to increase the quality of the roads is to introduce more toll roads that pay for their own construction and maintenance.
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