Moving on from Freeways


After World War II, states were provided with a 90 percent federal match for the construction of freeways meant to penetrate urban cores, clear out slums, and renew central business districts. By the late 1960s, however, this love affair with the freeway ended as citizen protests forced public officials to reassess the effects of their intruding highways.

The article, “Changing Lanes,” based on the book by the same name, explores the controversy, racism, and legal battles associated with some of these urban highways. As several cities plan to demolish their urban highways for other creative developments, authors Joseph DiMento and Cliff Ellis examine possible opportunities for them, including a chance for more public transit.

~Thanks to John Matthews for this post

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