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Urban Infrastructure

March 15th, 2007 · No Comments

strategy+business writes: “The worlds urban infrastructure needs a $40 trillion makeover. Heres how to reinvigorate our electricity, water, and transportation systems by integrating finance, governance, technology, and design.”

Cairo, Los Angeles, Beijing, Paris, Moscow, Mumbai, Tokyo, Washington, Sao Paulo: Each major city has its own story of electricity, transportation, or water systems in crisis. Although the circumstances vary from one urban area to the next, they all have one thing in common: The critical infrastructure that is taken for granted by both their citizens and their government leaders is technologically outdated, woefully inadequate, increasingly fragile, or all of the above. In some cities, the quality of water, power, and transportation infrastructure is noticeably declining. In others, it was never very good to begin with. And few cities have enough of it to meet future needs.

An estimate developed by Booz Allen Hamilton suggests the magnitude of the problem. Over the next 25 years, modernizing and expanding the water, electricity, and transportation systems of the cities of the world will require approximately $40 trillion a figure roughly equivalent to the 2006 market capitalization of all shares held in all stock markets in the world.

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