In 2014, Joe Biden stated “I must be in some third-world country” in reference to LaGuardia Airport, New York City’s smaller regional rival to JFK International Airport. That seemed to accelerate redesign and development plans as well as funding. The renovation program, which might cost a public-private partnership as much as $8 billion, is making significant progress. The projected completion date is 2021.
Some projects like Amazon.com Inc.’s second headquarters, wherever it might eventually be located, and Alphabet Inc.’s (Google) expanding footprint in New York City may well prove to be spurs to additional infrastructure investment. In Queens, New York, the Sunnyside Yards is still in the planning stages, although the project includes plans for new rail service and parks.
Novelist Kurt Vonnegut in “Hocus Pocus” wrote that “Another flaw in human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.” The states and private sector are putting his sentiment to the test.