Freeway Fighters Digest (week of 4/25)

Lauren MayerWeekly News Digest

Hi all,

Here is what is being said about freeway fighting this week. If you come across any articles, feel free to share and please let me know if you have any questions.

A big thank you to everyone who helped get the word out about the Freeway Fighters and the website! Because of you we’ve had an influx of new members, so welcome everyone. Several of you also submitted freeway fighting projects to the website; we’ll be working on get those up there next week. Onward!

Freeway Fighters news

Two Big Reasons States Keep Expanding Freeways – Streetsblog USA
Streetsblog USA April 23, 2022
Highway widening advocates offer up a kind of manifest destiny storyline: population and traffic are ever-increasing, and unless we accommodate them we’ll be awash in cars, traffic and gridlock. 

Robert Moses is Dead | Roshan Abraham – The Baffler
The Baffler April 25, 2022
At a November press conference, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg expanded on comments he’d made previously about the racism baked into American infrastructure. 

New California bill will stop freeway expansion because of “racism” – – KUSI News
KUSI News April 26, 2022
A new bill, AB 1778, passed by California’s Assembly Transportation Committee seeks to outlaw the construction of new freeway lanes in most of the state, instead diverting billions of tax dollars toward green projects to achieve “racial equality” and climate goals.

Boondoggle to “no build” | U.S. PIRG
US PIRG April 27, 2022
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, commonly known as Metro, intends to vote “no build” on a previously approved I-710 expansion project. 

Freeway Fighters Across the US Are Joining Forces — And They Want You – Streetsblog USA
Streetsblog USA April 27, 2022
America’s mid-century freeway revolts never really stopped — and now, the advocates behind them are joining forces to create what may be the largest organized national effort to prioritize communities over highways yet.

Freeway removal campaigns gain momentum across the US – The Fifth Estate
The Fifth Estate April 28, 2022
There’s now so many freeway removal projects and grassroots advocacy campaigns underway that a peak body is needed to represent them all.

Portland groups now part of national ‘Freeway Fighters Network’
Bike Portland April 29, 2022
It’s been a big couple of weeks for Portland’s anti-freeway activists. 

‘It’s just more and more lanes’: the Texan revolt against giant new highways | Texas | The Guardian
The Guardian April 29, 2022
Texas, with its wide-laned roads and supersized highways, seems like an unlikely place for a rebellion against the supremacy of American car culture.