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Unionizing is about to get harder for some workers

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The Big Book

What happens when a robot can lay bricks?

by Bridget Bodnar and Kai Ryssdal Jan 23, 2020
The story of how a small band of inventors and engineers built a machine that could lay bricks. It's way harder than it sounds.
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Midwest flooding brings high infrastructure costs

by Peggy Lowe Dec 27, 2019
A lot of repair and recovery work hasn't even started yet.
Tom Bullock, emergency services director of Holt County, Missouri, stands on a broken bridge on U.S. 159. Although a state contract has been issued for its repair, work still hasn’t started.
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Cities face a new battle over space on their streets and curbs

by Andy Uhler Dec 24, 2019
Instant deliveries and ride-sharing.services have increased demand for limited real estate.
Ridesharing apps aren't exactly helping the major traffic congestion cities are experiencing.
Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

U.K.’s Crossrail delay threatens small businesses along the line

by Stephen Beard Nov 25, 2019
The delayed arrival of Europe’s biggest infrastructure project — an east-west rail line across London — has hit small businesses located along the route.
A worker looks along a train tunnel at the Canary Wharf Crossrail station in London in 2017.
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State budgets

States increase spending at fastest clip since the recession

by Kimberly Adams Nov 21, 2019
States spent money on education, infrastructure and transportation.
Many states used funds from higher gas taxes to drive an increase in transportation-related funding.
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Fall of the Berlin Wall

Can we learn something from German investment after reunification?

by Candace Manriquez Wrenn and David Brancaccio Nov 7, 2019
On the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, we're contrasting that economic picture with the steep economic division in the U.S. today.
East Berliners climb onto the Berlin Wall to celebrate the effective end of the city's partition, 31st December 1989.
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The economic issues Native American voters care about most

by Kimberly Adams and Rose Conlon Aug 19, 2019
The first presidential forum on Native American issues happened this week.
Marie Jones, a member of the Navajo Nation, receives her monthly water delivery in the town of Thoreau on June 06, 2019 in Thoreau, New Mexico.
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People are finding ways to get their potholes filled

by Ben Bradford May 13, 2019
From vigilantism to crude graffiti, how civilians are fixing their streets.
In Oakland, California, two men calling themselves the Pothole Vigilantes have begun collecting donations and filling potholes at night.
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Life on America's rivers

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst May 10, 2019
"They hate her when they're with her and they miss her when they're gone" said Melody Golding, author of a new book about America's riverboat pilots.
Cannelton Locks on the Ohio River
Courtesy of Melody Golding

Are public-private partnerships the answer to our crumbling infrastructure?

by Erika Beras Apr 30, 2019
Democratic leaders with meet with President Trump Tuesday to discuss a comprehensive infrastructure package
Activists rally in support of proposed 'Green New Deal' legislation outside of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's (D-NY) New York City office, April 30, 2019.
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