Yet again we are reminded that the United States has not invested enough in maintaining and expanding the national infrastructure since the New Deal/Postwar Era. As a result, bridges collapse, sewage systems overflow, and parks go to seed, among other things. This opinion piece from the New York Times from fall 2012, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, makes the case in strong terms. There have been several waves of investment in new infrastructure in American history, each one helping to leverage a period of expansion and prosperity: the Canal Era, the Railroad booms (2 or 3, in fact), the Progressive era in the cities, and the New Deal/Postwar era. Our current political class have forgotten how vital such national investment is, and it is part of the purpose of the Living New Deal to remind them by showcasing the brilliant legacy of New Deal public works, both functional and, in many cases, beautiful.