Infrastructure Week, a long-standing Washington punchline, is dead

Launch Of National Infrastructure Week In Boston

Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Farewell “Infrastructure Week.” We hardly knew ye.

The group that coined the weeklong advocacy effort-turned-perennial punchline is rebranding. It will now be known as United for Infrastructure, which is the same name as the nonprofit that hosts the event in Washington, DC every year, according to Politico.

“We are much more than just a week,” United for Infrastructure CEO Zach Schafer told the site. “We didn’t want to keep being distracted by that.”

I can sympathize. It must have been tough to watch as Infrastructure Week went from a legitimate effort aimed at rebuilding our nation’s crumbling roads, bridges, and broadband networks to a catchall joke about anything substantive or policy-related that was destined to go nowhere and…

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