Christopher B. Leinberger is the Charles Bendit Distinguished Scholar and Research Professor and chair of the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at the George Washington University School of Business and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program. His most recent book is The Option of Urbanism: Investing in a New American Dream. This story is being co-published by the Washington Monthly and the American Conservative.
His new $200 billion proposal still got some things right—and other things very, very wrong.
Instead of embracing Donald Trump’s vision for gargantuan and indiscriminate building projects, Congress should insist that any federal infrastructure legislation be focused on delivering what the market says Americans want: walkable communities.