Freeway Fighters Digest (week of 10/3)

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.

Freeway Fighters news

Eminent domain: How it impacted Black communities & new efforts to reverse some of those …
WOKV October 1, 2022
You may have noticed it at around airports near schools, roads and parks.

Cincinnati officials reveal vision for Fort Washington Way decks – The Business Journals
The Business Journals October 1, 2022
After 20 years, a proposal to build decks over Fort Washington Way is finally catching the community’s attention.

Public pressing MnDOT to think outside the box in Interstate 94 review – Star Tribune
Star Tribune October 3, 2022
Two nontraditional ideas lead discussion around MnDOT’s Rethinking I-94 project.

NJ Turnpike to Holland Tunnel lane widening affected by buses October 3, 2022
In a debate over the wisdom of adding even more lanes heading into the narrow tube of the Holland Tunnel from North Jersey, two arguments have dominated.

Property owner ire over Oklahoma Turnpike plan sparks legislative study
The Bond Buyer October 4, 2022
As the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority battles in court for the ability to issue bonds for a $5 billion, 15-year project that includes toll road extensions, state lawmakers are taking a closer look at its operations and giving opponents the opportunity to publicly air their concerns.

Austinites concerned I-35 project could worsen mobility for minorities |
KVUE October 4, 2022
Tiffany Washington is a northeast Austinite with a passion for farming.

New proposal outlines plan to transform Fort Washington Way – WCPO
WCPO October 5, 2022
The City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County plan to seek a federal grant to design decks on top of a portion of Fort Washington Way.

Local officials renew efforts to cap Fort Washington Way | WVXU
WVXU October 5, 2022
Local officials hope to finally move forward on capping Fort Washington Way in Downtown Cincinnati. 

Mass MoCA, North Adams Seek Study on Downtown Connections – October 5, 2022
Getting people from Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art to the downtown has been a goal since the museum opened more than two decades ago. 

How to better connect Mass MoCA and downtown North Adams? Study would explore options
The Berkshire Eagle October 5, 2022
More than 100,000 people visit Mass MoCA each year, but that doesn’t translate to heavy foot traffic downtown.

City, BJCTA pursue Reconnecting Communities funding – The Business Journals
The Business Journals October 6, 2022
The funds could go toward multiple types of projects.

Will The Inflation Reduction Act Finally Tear Down Baltimore’s Highway To Nowhere?
Next City October 6, 2022
Growing up in Rosemont, a once vibrant Black neighborhood on Baltimore’s West Side, Glenn Smith remembers “having everything you needed” — parks, markets and even a movie theater — within walking distance of the home he shared with his parents and seven siblings. 

Newly announced plan would put decks over Fort Washington Way – WLWT
WLWT October 6, 2022
City officials want to transform Fort Washington Way into a space connecting the Central Business District to The Banks.

A generational opportunity.’ What to know about the proposed Fort Washington Way decks
Cincinnati Enquirer October 6, 2022
Cincinnati’s Fort Washington Way was built to include decks over the highway. 

Detroit Freeway Removal Plan Awarded Federal Grant | Planetizen News
Planetizen October 7, 2022
Detroit’s plan to remove a portion of the I-375 freeway received a boost from the federal government with a $104 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, part of a broader federal endeavor to remedy the impacts of freeways and urban renewal on neighborhoods around the country. 

Talking Headways Podcast: Texas Highway Tangle – Streetsblog USA
Streetsblog USA October 7, 2022
This week, journalist Megan Kimble talks about housing and highway fights in Texas: TXDOT’s political pressure, the organizations fighting back, and why throughput remains king in the Lone Star State.