Marketplace AM for January 19, 2005

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Suburban sprawl and safety

Today we get some numbers on housing starts - of course higher numbers are good for the economy. But they might also indicate suburban sprawl. We know over-building can strain schools and roads. Now one county in the Washington DC area is worrying about what happens when people dial 9-1-1. Marketplace's Scott Tong reports.

Bush, and an Ownership Society

Tomorrow President Bush will give his inaugural address to the nation. The President hasn't laid out all of his plans for the next four years, but it's already clear one of the major domestic themes will be the "ownership society." In this edition of the public's business, Commentator Robert Reich gives his take on the idea.