Number of lanes on the I-10 in Katy, TX, the widest highway in the world
The influence of twentieth century technologies—the automobile foremost among them—created a distinctly American landscape. Along the 2400-mile Ten Across transect, singular feats of engineering allowed previously uninhabitable areas to become magnets for development. These patterns of growth are likely unsustainable on their current trajectories.
Available land, subsidized infrastructure, mass-produced housing and high demand made the Ten Across corridor the model of rapid, suburban postwar growth. Affordability continues to be a hallmark.
Phoenix, Houston, San Antonio and Los Angeles: fastest growing U.S. cities by population influx (2010-2019)
The engineered redirection of remote water sources to arid Ten Across regions makes agriculture possible in unlikely settings. However, the depletion of surface and ground water contributing to land subsidence highlights serious vulnerabilities in this complex system.
Acres of irrigated farmland in the West from a dwindling Colorado River