Irma Grazes Puerto Rico but Lays Bare an Infrastructure Problem

By LUIS FERRÉ-SADURNÍ September 10, 2017 LOÍZA, P.R. — As government workers cleared roads obstructed by uprooted trees and repaired toppled electricity lines, residents of Puerto Rico felt some relief that the eye wall of...

Irma Will Test Florida’s Infrastructure, From Dikes to Sewage Plants

By HENRY FOUNTAIN September 9, 2017 FORT MYERS, Fla. — Engineers stopped pumping water out of Lake Okeechobee on Saturday, confident that they had lowered levels enough to keep the dike and the towns around it safe as Hurricane Irma swept into southern...

Administration Scraps Local-Hiring Plan for Public Works

By TIFFANY HSU August 24, 2017 The Trump administration is abandoning another Obama-era regulatory initiative, killing a plan to allow cities to set aside work for local residents on federally funded public works projects. The provision, proposed in 2015,...

Trump to Roll Back Obama’s Flood Standards for Infrastructure

By LISA FRIEDMAN August 15, 2017 President Trump will sign an executive order on Tuesday to roll back standards that demanded the federal government account for climate change and sea-level rise when building new infrastructure, the White House confirmed....

New Orleans Scrambles to Repair Drainage System After Severe Flooding

By KATY RECKDAHL August 11, 2017 NEW ORLEANS — With rain threatening, work crews scrambled on Friday to repair New Orleans’s pumping and drainage network in the hopes of preventing a repeat of last weekend, when flooding inundated many...

Popularity Contest: Trump Is Offering Populism, Minus the Free Candy

Popularity Contest By NEIL IRWIN June 17, 2017 The thing about populism is it usually involves doing things that are popular. This is something that European nationalists and Latin American strongmen have long known. When they come to power, they aim to...