PBS Video: Driven to Despair

Jim Moore from USC is featured in this NOW episode on PBS that you can watch online.

With gas prices spiking and home values crumbling, the American dream of commuting to work from the fringes of suburbia has become an American nightmare. Many are facing a hard choice: Paying for gas or paying the mortgage. How did it come to this? It’s not just about America’s financial crisis; it’s also about big problems with our national infrastructure. Overstressed highways and too few public transportation options are wreaking havoc on people’s lives and hitting the brakes on our already-stretched economy.

This week, NOW on PBS takes a close-up look at our inadequate transportation network and visits some people paying a high price—in both dollars and quality of life—just to get to work. Do we have the means to modernize both our infrastructure and our lifestyles?

This is the first installment in “Blueprint America,” a year-long, PBS-wide series focusing on the nation’s infrastructure. “Blueprint America” is an initiative of Thirteen/WNET.

2 responses to “PBS Video: Driven to Despair

  • sparky

    Strangely, now that gas is less than $2 per gal where I live – Northern Virginia – I don’t see this segment as being particularly timely.

  • lamclay

    I agree that the episode isn’t all that timely since gas prices have come down. But Jim Moore’s bit is the best part of the episode (he appears ~20 minutes into the episode). He raises a few interesting points about public transportation.

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