Infrastructure has an impact on poverty, in that any increase in the cost of living – even one as “minor” or indirect as bad roads which increase wear and tear on a vehicle, or bad water pipes that cause a slight uptick in disease – can have devastating consequences for anybody who already has trouble making ends meet. When a sewer line breaks and raw sewage fountains up into the street, it is far more likely to happen (and less likely to be fixed quickly) in a poor area than a rich one, and the poor have far fewer resources for coping with the consequences of the disruption. The continuing decline in the condition of America’s infrastructure has gradually put more and more of a financial squeeze on the Americans who can least afford it.
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