Tag: Infrastructure (Public Works)

How Bad Is China’s Debt? A City Hospital Is Asking Nurses for Loans

RUZHOU, China — When the call came for local doctors and nurses to step up for their troubled community, the emergency wasn’t medical. It was financial. Ruzhou, a city of one million people in central China, urgently needed a new hospital, their bosses said. To pay for it, the administrators were asking health care workers […]

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It’s the End of California as We Know It

I have lived nearly all my life in California, and my love for this place and its people runs deep and true. There have been many times in the past few years when I’ve called myself a California nationalist: Sure, America seemed to be going crazy, but at least I lived in the Golden State, […]

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Japan Spent Mightily to Soften Nature’s Wrath, but Can It Ever Be Enough?

NAGANUMA, Japan — The time was 1:30 a.m., and Hiroshi Ogawa was trying to decide whether he should run from the biggest typhoon to hit Japan in decades. His home stood near the Chikuma River in Nagano Prefecture, separated from the rising waters by a levee. “I had confidence in the levee,” Mr. Ogawa, 68, […]

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A Bridge Only Sledgehammers Can Fix Will No Longer Sabotage Rush Hour

It is a fairly ordinary bridge, not too long and not very tall. But the Portal Bridge’s modest profile obscures its vital role: It is a main rail link between New York City and most of the rest of the country. And for decades, the balky old bridge in New Jersey, a few miles west […]

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‘Our River Was Like a God’: How Dams and China’s Might Imperil the Mekong

ON THE MEKONG RIVER — When the Chinese came to the village of Lat Thahae, perched on a muddy bend of a Mekong River tributary, they scrawled a Chinese character on the walls of homes, schools and Buddhist temples. No one in this isolated hamlet in northern Laos could read what it said. But the […]

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Xi Jinping Comes to Nepal Bearing Investments, and India Is Watching

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Xi Jinping touched down in Nepal on Saturday, the first visit by a Chinese president to the country in more than two decades, underscoring Beijing’s increasing interest in South Asia as a strategic hub for defense and transit projects. Ahead of Mr. Xi’s two-day visit, which follows a trip to India, thousands […]

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From Underwear to Cars, India’s Economy Is Fraying

TIRUPUR, India — When Alan Greenspan ran a consulting firm and wanted to know where the economy was headed, he would often look at sales of men’s underwear as a guide. Mr. Greenspan, who later served as chairman of the Federal Reserve, believed that when times were tough, men would stop replacing worn-out underwear, which […]

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Build the Donald J. Trump Tunnel

Last year when President Trump visited Mount Vernon, the plantation home of the country’s first president, he remarked that the founding father had missed a golden opportunity. “If he was smart, he would’ve put his name on it,” Mr. Trump said, according to news reports. “You’ve got to put your name on stuff or no […]

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The Great Tax Break Heist

Tax scams are the tribute policy vice pays to policy virtue. A few days ago The Times reported on widespread abuse of a provision in the 2017 Trump tax cut that was supposed to help struggling urban workers. The provision created a tax break for investment in so-called “opportunity zones,” which would supposedly help create […]

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Tainted Water, Ignored Warnings and a Boss With a Criminal Past

NEWARK — In the year after receiving test results showing alarming levels of lead in this city’s drinking water, Mayor Ras Baraka of Newark made a number of unexpected decisions. He mailed a brochure to all city residents assuring them that “the quality of water meets all federal and state standards.” He declared the water […]

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The Freshmen: Mikie Sherrill

Image Listen to ‘The Daily’: The Freshmen: Mikie Sherrill An outspoken progressive wing in the House has seized the country’s attention. But the path to power for Democrats may depend on moderates, who have a very different vision for the party. Meet one of them. Since Democrats retook the House last November, the world has […]

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Uber Wants to Sell You Train Tickets. And Be Your Bus Service, Too.

DENVER — When Julia Ellis arrives at a train station in a Denver suburb to go to work, she opens her Uber app. Next to the ride-hailing options, she taps a train icon marked “Transit.” The click buys her a ticket for Denver’s public transit system, the Regional Transportation District. Ms. Ellis said she had […]

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Algae Bloom Fouls N.J.’s Largest Lake, Indicating Broader Crisis

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] LAKE HOPATCONG, New Jersey — Around Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey’s largest lake, workers have been laid off, sailing lessons canceled and summers ruined. The reason: clouds of electric-green algae in the water, blooming in quantities never before recorded. State […]

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From Former Mental Hospital to Recreational Hub

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Lunatic Asylum admitted its first patient in 1828. Ever since, its impressive brick wards surrounded by nearly 200 acres of leafy lawns and gardens served as landmarks in Columbia, the state’s capital. Almost 200 years later, and three decades after the last patient was discharged, the old brick buildings […]

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How to Save the Amazon Rain Forest

Throughout the Amazon region, human activities like agricultural production, infrastructure development and logging are leading to alarming levels of deforestation. After impressive advances like the tripling of protected areas in Colombia, we are now seeing backsliding or insufficient improvement throughout the basin. Policies that are sound on paper often succumb to the combination of weak […]

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The Case for ‘Dumb’ Cities

TORONTO — Like a classroom full of overachieving students, cities around the world are racing to declare themselves “smart” — using sensors, data and ubiquitous cameras to make themselves more efficient, safe and sustainable. Perhaps the most famous initiative is here in Toronto, where Sidewalk Labs, a sibling company to Google, recently released a 1,500-page […]

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China’s Economic Growth Slows as Trade War With U.S. Deepens

BEIJING — China’s growth fell to its slowest pace in nearly three decades, officials said on Monday, as a resurgence of trade tensions with the United States and lingering financial problems take an increasing toll on one of the world’s most vital economic engines. Chinese officials said the economy grew 6.2 percent between April and […]

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New York Was Supposedly Getting Better for Cyclists. What Happened?

On a particularly humid evening this week, hundreds of cyclists gathered in Washington Square Park for an action reminiscent of the years when AIDS summoned so many to protest bureaucratic indifference to tragedy. After several speeches addressing the need for cyclists to be better protected on the road, those who came to the park staged […]

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