Happy New Year everyone! Freeway fighting made significant gains this past year thanks to all your efforts. Here’s to even more wins, both collective and individual, in the new year.
Here is what is being said about the Highways to Boulevards movement this week. If you come across any articles, feel free to share and please let me know if you have any questions.
Highways to Boulevards news
Star Tribune December 18, 2021
When talking with people who advocate for ripping out rather than rebuilding Interstate 94 in St. Paul, there’s always a nagging thought running through my head: “Can they really be serious?”
Brookings Institution December 18, 2021
By all measures, the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) signed into law last month is a massive, once-in-a-generation outlay.
Denton Record-Chronicle December 18, 2021
For Holly Bourquin’s family, the demolition of Sanger’s only grocery store meant more than the loss of a convenient place to shop.
Curbed December 18, 2021
At the last meeting of the year of Colorado’s transportation commission, sitting in a bedroom in front of an array of ornately wrapped Christmas presents, chair Kathy Hall introduced the final motion as “the biggest thing this commission has ever been asked to do.”
Streetsblog USA December 18, 2021
For the first time, U.S. DOT will actively pressure states to spend their federal infrastructure funds on projects that will help end the climate and roadway death crises — and discourage them from pursuing highway expansions.
KDVR December 18, 2021
Beginning in 2022, all transportation projects around Colorado will have to comply with a new greenhouse gas rule.
TriplePundit December 20, 2021
South Bronx residents may soon be able to breathe again. Nearly six decades after the first drivers entered the Cross Bronx Expressway, the city has received $2 million in funding to devise a plan to “cap” the highway with green spaces, pedestrian walkways and air filtration systems.
News Nation USA December 20, 2021
A state lawmaker from Los Angeles County plans to introduce legislation that would block freeway expansions in underserved communities across California.
The Philadelphia Tribune December 21, 2021
Philadelphia’s neighborhoods could finally be reconnected, thanks to President Joe Biden’s $1 trillion Infrastructure and Jobs Act.
E&E News December 22, 2021
The bipartisan infrastructure package signed into law last month could lead to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions depending on how its transportation funding programs are implemented, according to a new analysis.
MSP Mag December 22, 2021
Built in the 1940s, the Near North highway replaced 6th Avenue, the “Beale Street” of North Minneapolis’s early Black community, displacing businesses and residents.
The Hill December 23, 2021
The recently passed bipartisan infrastructure bill could increase carbon dioxide emissions from the transportation sector, according to research from the nonpartisan Georgetown Climate Institute.
Streetsblog LA December 23, 2021
The Texas Department of Transportation is allegedly threatening retaliation against the whole Houston region because advocates continue to fight a highway expansion that the agency knows will have a harmful impacts on communities of color — but if the advocates successfully get the initiative shut down, it could be a model for other communities fighting bad road projects of their own.
The CT Mirror December 26, 2021
The interstate highways that were jackhammered through Hartford six decades ago may have increased vehicular mobility, but they did so at great cost to the fabric of the city.
Houston Chronicle December 27, 2021
Principal Shawn Nickerson can see the highway connector from Bruce Elementary’s basketball court.
San Mateo Daily Journal December 29, 2021
A 9-mile stretch of Highway 101 north of the Interstate 380 interchange could soon be the next span of the thoroughfare to get carpool or toll lanes — but opposition to the potential expansion is already mounting.