Blueprint America

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  • 2008
  • 1 Season
  • 7.6  (27)

Blueprint America is a television documentary about the aging infrastructure in America. This series specifically looks at the impact of failing infrastructure on transportation and how our country's leaders are trying to fix this enormous problem. The episodes take viewers to different locations throughout the United States and show how failing bridges and highways impact the flow of goods into major urban centers. This show tells the stories of how the United States has fallen behind other countries due to lack of funding for roads and other transportation mediums and also looks at the political agendas behind the lack of infrastructure planning.

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Seasons
The Ride: Elana Schor (Part One)
37. The Ride: Elana Schor (Part One)
March 1, 2010
Blueprint America correspondent Miles O'Brien with Streetsblog Capitol Hill reporter Elana Schor on why transportation legislation matters, especially as Congress will eventually put forward a new bill.
Beyond the Motor City
36. Beyond the Motor City
February 7, 2010
How Detriot represents the future of industry for our country.
The Power House
35. The Power House
January 24, 2010
Detroit has emptied -- built for 2 million people, it now has half that number. Nearly one-third of the land is unused, and some 80,000 homes are vacant. Still, one local couple sees potential. They are building the 'Power House'.
The Stop at Visalia
34. The Stop at Visalia
January 15, 2010
Blueprint America follows a California mayor as he lobbies for a high speed rail stop in his town.
Spain: The Next American System?
33. Spain: The Next American System?
January 15, 2010
Norman Anderson, President and CEO of CG/LA Infrastructure (a Washington, D.C. based consulting group) explains how Spain has been able to finance its infrastructure build out, and what America has to learn.
The Crises
32. The Crises
January 14, 2010
Eric Rauchway, professor of history at the University of California, Davis, makes the case that it was the Civil War set the stage for the Transcontinental Railroad; that it was the Great Depression that made possible the public works projects of the New Deal. But, will the current American crisis -- the Great Recession -- advance infrastructure again?
Beyond the Motor City
31. Beyond the Motor City
December 13, 2009
Blueprint America: Beyond the Motor City," a new documentary directed by critically-acclaimed filmmaker Aaron Woolf, examines how Detroit, a grim symbol of America's diminished status in the world, may come to represent the future of transportation and progress in America.
Web Video: The Streetblogger
30. Web Video: The Streetblogger
November 24, 2009
Aaron Naparstek, Editor-in-Chief of the online transportation news source Streetsblog, in an interview with Blueprint America about the way transportation is looked at in New York City and the rest of the country.
City Creek Center
29. City Creek Center
November 5, 2009
Blueprint America -- with Religion & Ethics Newsweekly on PBS -- report on the rebuilding of Salt Lake City, a private project changing the public landscape.
Keep On Trucking?
28. Keep On Trucking?
August 31, 2009
The majority of American goods are transported by trucks, even though freight trains are greener and more fuel-efficient. Where should America be placing its bets for moving our economy and what would you personally sacrifice for it?
Zombie Highways
27. Zombie Highways
August 10, 2009
What do you call a highway program that just keeps going long after its original goals were achieved? A zombie highway. Blueprint America and the PBS NewsHour go to Birmingham, Alabama, to look into the Northern Beltline, a road which will be paid for by taxpayers nationwide.
Zombie Highways: What about the environment?
26. Zombie Highways: What about the environment?
August 10, 2009
Blueprint America correspondent Rick Karr in a web report from Alabama on the environmental impact of building highways, and the growth they can create.
The Big Fix
1. The Big Fix
December 13, 2008
If we fix our infastructures will we fix our economy?
Description

Blueprint America is a television documentary about the aging infrastructure in America. This series specifically looks at the impact of failing infrastructure on transportation and how our country's leaders are trying to fix this enormous problem. The episodes take viewers to different locations throughout the United States and show how failing bridges and highways impact the flow of goods into major urban centers. This show tells the stories of how the United States has fallen behind other countries due to lack of funding for roads and other transportation mediums and also looks at the political agendas behind the lack of infrastructure planning.

  • Premiere Date
    December 13, 2008
  • IMDB Rating
    7.6  (27)