Putting America's Infrastructure Back in the Lead

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Americans are stuck. We live with travel delays on congested roads, shipping delays on clogged railways, and delays on repairs, project approvals, and funding due to gridlocked leadership. These delays affect us all, whether you are a daily commuter, a frequent flyer, an entrepreneur, an online shopper, a job-seeker, or a community leader. If people can't move, if goods are delayed, and if information networks can't connect, then economic opportunity deteriorates and social inequity grows.We have been stuck for too long, writes Harvard Business School professor and best-selling author Rosabeth Moss Kanter. In Move, Kanter visits cities and states across the country to tackle our challenges—and reveal solutions—on the roads and rails, and in our cities, skies, and the halls of Washington, D.C. We meet a visionary engineer and public servant spearheading an underwater tunnel in Miami to streamline port operations and redirect constant traffic from the city center. We see mayors partnering with large corporations and nimble entrepreneurs to unveil parking apps, bike-sharing programs, and seamless Wi-Fi networks in greener, more vibrant, more connected cities. And we learn about much-needed efforts—such as dynamic tolls on highways and fees based on vehicle miles traveled—to reduce our dependence on the outmoded gasoline tax in our new electric car age.It all adds up to a new vision for American mobility, where local leaders shape initiatives without waiting for Congress to act, and ambitious companies partner with governments to tackle projects that serve the public good, create jobs, and improve quality of life while providing healthy sources of investment. With unique insight and unrivaled expertise, Kanter gives us a sweeping look across America, revealing the innovative projects, vital leaders, and bold solutions that are moving our transportation infrastructure toward a cleaner, faster, and more prosperous future.
"America has been waiting for a call to think big and act big as we envision our transportation future. Kanter's important book is it." —Deval Patrick, governor of Massachusetts, 2007—2015

Baker & Taylor
"One of the "50 most powerful women in the world" (The Times), best-selling author Rosabeth Moss Kanter tackles America's most urgent domestic issue. America is stuck: just look at our crumbling roads and bridges, mismanaged railways, old-fashioned and easily overloaded air traffic control system, and perpetual lack of political will to do anything about it all. In contrast, take a trip around the world. Whiz through the "Chunnel" connecting England and France, get high-speed Internet and cell service ona remote mountain in Turkey, or travel in a driverless Mercedes in Germany, and see a future of possibilities that the United States is barely glimpsing. Whether you are a small business owner with rising transportation costs, an environmentally conscious citizen worried about greenhouse gases, a champion for social justice who knows that poorer citizens are often stuck in neighborhoods with the fewest transportation options, or simply a commuter who is all-too-familiar with traffic congestion, Rosabeth Moss Kanter's bold solutions will motivate all of us to move our transportation infrastructure into a cleaner, faster, and more prosperous future"--Provided by publisher.

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Kanter presents students, academics, policy makers, professionals working in a wide variety of contexts, and general interest readers with an examination of the infrastructure of the United States, gridlock, and a variety of other challenges to commerce presented by aging roads, railways, and the like. The author has organized the main body of her text in seven chapters devoted to the way to the future, the nation’s railways, air travel and transport, smart roads and smartphones, rethinking cities, financing infrastructure, and a wide variety of other related subjects. Rosabeth Moss Kanter is a faculty member of Harvard Business School, Massachusetts. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Considered one of the "50 most powerful women in the world" by The Times, the best-selling author of Confidence, tackling America's most urgent domestic issue, offers bold solutions to motivate all of us to move our transportation infrastructure into a cleaner, faster and more prosperous future.
A Harvard Business School professor examines America's failing transportation infrastructure and its connection to deteriorating economic opportunity, and outlines solutions based on local initiatives to create a cleaner, faster, and more prosperous transportation future.

Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393246803
Branch Call Number: 388.0973 K139m
Characteristics: 325 pages ; 25 cm


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Aug 26, 2015

Was very disappointed in the research. Gave up after the fourth inaccurate statistic by the end of the second chapter. Even her citations don't support what she claims. I see why she normally writes Leadership Self-Help books instead. There are much better books on the topic out there.

Aug 25, 2015

Another something from Harvard who is going to tell us what's wrong with America, instead of pointing out that Harvard is a major part of the problem! Yes, financial capitalism and casino capitalism are screwing us, so why don't you write about that? [If you ship all the jobs, technology and investment to China and elsewhere, then amortization at home never happens - - instead the populace is burdened with Deep-Bore Tunnels which are poorly planned, and far too costly, and the absence of high-speed rail. A city-wide monorail system would have been a colossal asset!]

eh818608 Jul 20, 2015

This is definitely a topic worth discussing, don't get me wrong. I just had a really hard time getting into it; it read too much like a text book for my liking.


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