The Saint Index: United States, 2011



Quantifying and tracking attitudes towards real estate development.

Infrastructure

Americans generally support infrastructure projects — until they are proposed nearby or involve the spending of tax dollars for a use that benefits a particular group they don’t favor.

Even with concern about the federal deficit, most Americans said they would support Congress spending more for highway, bridge and road projects. Americans also want better cell phone coverage, with 67 percent saying they’d support the building of cell towers in their community. Expansion of the local airport also won support from 67 percent of Americans, yet major U.S. airport expansions typically take decades because of community and neighborhood opposition.

The tide of opinion is strongly against public funding for sports stadiums.

INFRASTRUCTURE, STADIUMS, CELL TOWERS AND AIRPORTS