2nd Feb 2012
On my very first day in Toronto, after I just had been some time in Iran, I realized that the subway system in Tehran is much better and more modern than the one in Toronto. When my mum first came to Toronto she was like: “Ohh, the subway is so cute, it reminds me of Rome 25 years ago" Yes, indeed…

As a European I am always shocked how bad the general infrastructure in North America is. Be it public transport as depicted here, the mobile system (in Europe coverage was never a problem, in China it is neither), the electric system (110V, wtf?) or even just the streets (ever been on a German Autobahn?).
For me the reason is, that the state is not involved enough in promoting a system that works for everyone. Private corporation have way to much power and build systems for maximum profits, even if they make very little sense. Of course one can make more money with people driving each their own cars (especially when those are leased or financed) or providing mobile coverage only there where you can profit. However, finally this leads to a very bad and inefficient infrastructure which will at the end hamper economic growth.

On the other hand China has a 10% growth per year, lifted 440m people out of poverty which is the biggest reduction of poverty in history (Source: The Economist). Of course, it may not only due to the way capitalism is run, but there are many indications that one reason for the failure of North America to provide a good infrastructure is the free market capitalism.

(Photo via bad-wolf-pond)

On my very first day in Toronto, after I just had been some time in Iran, I realized that the subway system in Tehran is much better and more modern than the one in Toronto. When my mum first came to Toronto she was like: “Ohh, the subway is so cute, it reminds me of Rome 25 years ago" Yes, indeed…

As a European I am always shocked how bad the general infrastructure in North America is. Be it public transport as depicted here, the mobile system (in Europe coverage was never a problem, in China it is neither), the electric system (110V, wtf?) or even just the streets (ever been on a German Autobahn?).
For me the reason is, that the state is not involved enough in promoting a system that works for everyone. Private corporation have way to much power and build systems for maximum profits, even if they make very little sense. Of course one can make more money with people driving each their own cars (especially when those are leased or financed) or providing mobile coverage only there where you can profit. However, finally this leads to a very bad and inefficient infrastructure which will at the end hamper economic growth.

On the other hand China has a 10% growth per year, lifted 440m people out of poverty which is the biggest reduction of poverty in history (Source: The Economist). Of course, it may not only due to the way capitalism is run, but there are many indications that one reason for the failure of North America to provide a good infrastructure is the free market capitalism.

(Photo via bad-wolf-pond)