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Airfields of Dreams

Richard2327 Wrote: Nov 29, 2012 8:19 AM
(cont) if the whole economy is on the down, an airport project by itself can't reverse the course, but conversely, when [if :-(] the economy turns up, the enhanced infrastructure will take off.
This article was adapted from the Autumn 2012 issue of City Journal.

Despite a bleak decade for air travel—the result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the post-2008 economic downturn—local governments, aided by Washington, have been pouring billions of dollars into airport development and expansion. They claim that these expensive, debt-laden facilities will spur growth in economically precarious locales by attracting businesses that want more air connections. But from Cincinnati to the Florida Panhandle, this Field of Dreams approach—build it, and they will come—hasn’t worked.

In 1978, Washington transformed America’s airline industry, deregulating fares, routes, and the entry...