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