Friday, May 3, 2013
3 Days Until "(What Should Be) National WPA Remembrance Day"
(WPA workers building a farm-to-market road in Frederick County, Maryland, in 1937. Photo courtesy of the University of Maryland College Park Archives.)
WPA workers performed 650,000 miles worth of roadwork, built 484 new airports and landing fields, and built, repaired, or improved tens of thousands of bridges. Before, during, and after World War II, American business expanded on, and moved across, WPA-built infrastructure.
So, how will we, as a nation, commemorate the infrastructure work of the WPA; infrastructure work that laid the groundwork for America's post-World War 2 economic prosperity?
Answer: We won't.