Highway Revolts

 

Residents and other anti-freeway protesters in Victoria, Australia surround earth-moving plant on the Alexandra Parade median strip. In the foreground are councillor Marion Miller (in dark glasses), Janet Taylor of the Collingwood Historical Society, and her son Sam in the pushchair between them. The freeway protest was of long duration and at this stage residents were taking it in turns to maintain a vigil at the site. Content of image: F19 Freeway ; Eastern Freeway ; Taylor, Janet ; Miller, Marion Address: Alexandra Parade resident action. Collingwood,

Residents and other anti-freeway protesters in Victoria, Australia surround earth-moving plant on the Alexandra Parade median strip. In the foreground are councillor Marion Miller (in dark glasses), Janet Taylor of the Collingwood Historical Society, and her son Sam in the pushchair between them. The freeway protest was of long duration and at this stage residents were taking it in turns to maintain a vigil at the site. Content of image: F19 Freeway ; Eastern Freeway ; Taylor, Janet ; Miller, Marion Address: Alexandra Parade resident action. 

The planning, design and construction of freeways and other major infrastructure projects can be a contentious process particularly within an urban environment.  Highway revolts were common in the United States and other developed nations during the 1960’s and 1970’s.   An account with examples of highway and freeway revolts that occurred during this period can be found here.

An example of the sort of resistance to transportation development that was common in the 1960’s in the urban environment of Washington DC is reviewed in the article at this link.

As a result of the lessons learned from these “highway revolts” and growth control measures which followed them in the 1970’s and 1980’s todays’ infrastructure project development process provides many opportunities for public input and seeks to build consensus around the development of major infrastructure projects that are proposed.

~Thanks to Craig Copelan for this post

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