In our heads infrastructure easily degenerates into the band-aid collection of wider roads (with the sexy vision of fast cars zipping by), more energy, better piped water supply, and swanky airports.
How these impact/change/affect lives, economies, happiness etc are very very short term and constituency specific considerations, more often than not. Holistic views on them are usually consigned to the fringe dustbins of "liberal" tags and ignored for unfeasibility and impracticality.??
Of course there's some efforts one sees for the NMT push, buying local, managing your own water, and fixing things on the demand/consumption side and not just the availability and production side, but there's very little mass/wide acceptance of these. The short term seems to rule and plague us.