Freeway Fighters Digest (week of 5/30)

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.

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Freeway Fighters news

Revisioning Highway 175 for good of neighborhood, not speeding cars in the heart of Milwaukee
WUWM 89.7 FM May 2022
A short spur of freeway that has jutted into the heart of Milwaukee for decades might, with time, be transformed.

With paddle boats and Philly’s largest outdoor restaurant, Penn’s Landing has become a destination for summer fun
Billy Penn May 30, 2022
Standing between canopy-covered tables and terraced stone seating, gazing out over blue water as you watch bartenders shake cocktails and families fall on baskets of food, it’s hard to remember you’re in the middle of Philadelphia.

Southern California Freeway Expansion Plans Scrapped | Planetizen News
Planetizen May 30, 2022
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted this week to end a $6 billion plans to expand the 710 Freeway, a key cargo corridor that connects to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Federal Environmental Justice Program Could Worsen Outcomes in Low-Income Neighborhoods
Planetizen May 30, 2022
“In President Biden’s first weeks in office, he established an environmental justice initiative called Justice40, which aims to direct benefits from federal investments to disadvantaged communities.”

California needs to put its money where its mouth is on public transportation | Guest Commentary
Hanford Sentinel May 30, 2022
Decades of federal and state transportation policy and funding have focused primarily on the automobile — and the roads and highways needed for us to get around in them.

DOT Announces Multi-Agency Study to ‘Reimagine’ the Cross Bronx Expressway – Streetsblog NYC
Streetsblog NYC May 31, 2022
Imagine there’s no highway. It’s easy if you try.

Decades after Texas took part of its historic farm, a family fights again to save its land from a …
KSAT 12 May 31, 2022
With a cowboy hat atop her head and fresh flowers in hand, Rosalind Alexander-Kasparik walked from her family farm on a Tuesday afternoon this spring to the adjacent private cemetery where generations of her relatives are buried.

Grover: Widening Ottawa’s Hwy. 417 won’t fix congestion or help planet
Ottawa Citizen May 31, 2022
There’s a fundamental problem with highway expansion: it doesn’t work. And no, electric vehicles won’t save us either.

City of Sydney Council propose the demolition of Cahill Expressway in new Circular Quay plan
Daily Mail May 31, 2022
The state government and local council are engaged in a war of words over what to do with one of Sydney’s most notorious roads. 

Los Angeles’ 710 Freeway Expansion Plan Is Officially Canned – Jalopnik
Jalopnik June 1, 2022
In a shocking win for local communities, a highway expansion project has actually been canceled.

Opinion: Expanding an inner city urban freeway is not progress; El Paso needs a better …
El Paso Matters June 1, 2022
The $750 million TXDOT highway project known as Downtown 10 fails to prove a sufficient traffic benefit or environmental justice result that warrants the price tag, property takings, and years of freeway closures for construction, and must be reevaluated.

New York City Could Cap Cross-Bronx Expressway | Planetizen News
Planetizen June 1, 2022
A multi-agency effort will assess options for ‘reimagining’ the notorious Cross-Bronx Expressway and improving public health and quality of life along the corridor.

Clover Moore and Rob Stokes want to remove a freeway – city officials from the US reveal …
The Fifth Estate June 2, 2022
In recent weeks, both Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore and NSW Cities Minister Rob Stokes have both come out in favour of demolishing (or at least repurposing) Sydney’s Cahill Expressway.

L.A. City and Community Land Trust Offer Competing Visions for Caltrans El Sereno Properties
Streetsblog LA June 3, 2022
Fight, fight, fight! Housing is a human right!”

The $4B plan to choke Hudson County | Editorial June 3, 2022
The Murphy administration has decided to spend $4.7 billion on the asphalt neuralgia known as the NJ Turnpike Extension, but someone needs to ask why the state would embark on a massive road project that will increase gridlock, pollution, aggravation, and the beastly bottleneck at the Holland Tunnel.