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Rethinking the 'Infrastructure' Discussion Amid a Blitz of Hurricanes

The challenge in prompting change — broadening the classic definition of “infrastructure,” and investing in initiatives aimed at adapting to a turbulent planet — is heightened by partisan divisions over climate policy and development.

Of course, there’s also the question of money. The country’s infrastructure is ailing already. A national civil engineering group has surveyed the nation’s bridges, roads, dams, transit systems and more and awarded a string of D or D+ grades since 1998. The same group has estimated that the country will be several trillion dollars short of what’s needed to harden and rebuild and modernize our infrastructure over the next decade.

For fresh or underappreciated ideas, ProPublica reached out to a handful of engineers, economists and policy analysts focused on reducing risk on a fast-changing planet.

Alice Hill , who directed resilience policy for the National Security Council in the Obama administration, said the wider debate over cutting climate-warming emissions may have distracted people from promptly pursuing ways to reduce risks and economic and societal costs from natural disasters.

Local vet receives mortgage-free home - cape-coral-daily-breeze ...

Veteran Adel Brito was adamant as he walked outside to the patio of his new home.

"No waterworks," he said.

Moments later, however, when he saw his father, he gave him a great big hug. Well, so much for promises.

Brito, a former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant, had every reason to let loose those tears of joy. The veteran was gifted a mortgage-free home in Cape Coral on Thursday, courtesy of Building Homes for Heroes, and customized to fit his many needs.

It was the first time he had seen the home, and he was all smiles as he drove up to the applause of friends, family and some local dignitaries.

"I feel good. This is overwhelming. It's like nothing I've ever received before," Brito said. "It's a tremendous gift and an honor to be a part of Building Homes for Heroes. It's a great blessing."

Following a brief ceremony and a few photo ops, Brito got to see the inside of the house for the first time, and immediately went for the kitchen, surprised there was actually food in the house.

Considering the hordes of Christmas shoppers, is it fair to say that SOME people have never had it so good?

I decided to visit 3 shopping centres over the weekend - Westfield, Brent Cross and Blue Water, all in London.

Oddly enough, I answered another question in pretty much a similar way to how you put your questions, and I was tarred and feathered for "not knowing what it is like for real people out there" (am I a figment of someone's imagination?