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Unformatted text preview: conomy by providing jobs, generating tax revenue, expanding exports, reducing trade deficits, and increasing manufacturing Feldman 2009 (Jonathan Michael, “From Mass Transit to New Manufacturing”, American Prospect; April 2009, Vol. 20 Issue 3, pA12-A16, 5p) A new industrial-policy initiative for domestic production of masstransit products could help the United States overcome multiple economic challenges. It could provide highwage jobs, generate tax revenue, expand exports, and reduce trade deficits. This mass-transit-production strategy requires a new kind of industrial and planning policy to overcome the limits of traditional public works. It’s not enough to lay more tracks and upgrade rail facilities. The government has to support domestic production of trains, signals, and related transit hardware and software. According to the Institute for Supply Management, U.S. manufacturing activity recently fell to its lowest level in 28 years. Manufacturing has also suffered across the globe. But overseas the downturn reflects mainly the recession, while in the U.S. there is a long-term manufacturing decline. Traditional public-works outlays alone won’t restore American manufacturing—but they could supply new demand if we had industrial policies in place. Mass transit could be the incubator for an industrial renaissance, based on new kinds of producers and processes . If public investment is connected to developing new industries, then government spending will not “crowd out” private investment. On the contrary, the public outlay could provide demand for new private investments. But when the market and existing firms fail to make the necessary investments, the government must fill the void. 30 | P a g e Mass Transit Affirmative BDL Answers to: Gentrification Turn [____] [____] The answer to gentrification is more, not less mass transit Lloyd Alter, fmr. President of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, 2010 (Does New Public Transit Increase Gentrification and Lower Ridership?, October 22, http://www.treehugger.com/cars/does-new-public-transit-increase-gentrification-and-lowerridership.html) It seems counter-intuitive that people would move to an area because of an investment in transit and then drive, but hey, it's America. It also is counter-intuitive to think that the investment and upgrading that comes from gentrification is not a good thing, but the report points out that poor people, who benefit most from transit, can be displaced and have to move further from the transit that is their only option. In the end, the report makes some solid recommendations to get the best of both worlds. They advocate incentives to build affordable housing, reduced parking requirements (so people who move there have fewer cars) and other incentives to get people out of their cars and onto transit. But ultimately the answer is to make the United States like almost every other civilized country: install good clean transit that is affordable and comfortable, and stop subsidizing the car, the roads and the parking. In most of the world there is no sti...
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