Freeway Fighters Digest (week of 12/5)

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

Commentary: Driving an EV does not make you pro-environment
LA Times September 2022
When I started driving an electric vehicle in 2018, I became part of the problem.

Wiener asks Caltrans to examine removal of San Francisco’s Central Freeway – CBS News
CBS News December 3, 2022
State Sen. Scott Wiener of San Francisco has asked Caltrans to study the potential costs of removing the Central Freeway and enquired about the removal of two other freeways in the city.

One group is reimagining I-794 as a boulevard in downtown Milwaukee | WUWM 89.7 FM
WUWM December 3, 2022
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has been conducting studies to see how reconstruction of areas can lead to better travel, such as expanding the number of lanes of I-94 on Milwaukee’s west side or potentially replacing portions of the east ramps of the I-794 Lake Interchange.

Transformative decision a half-century ago to scrap I-95 extension still resonates in Boston today
The Boston Globe December 6, 2022
It’s a decision that transformed and shaped modern Boston, an early pivot from the assumed primacy of the automobile and toward public transportation, while sparing multiple neighborhoods from being carved up.

Urban Planner Jeff Speck Revisits ‘Walkable City,’ 10 Years Later – Bloomberg December 6, 2022
In an excerpt from the book’s new 10th anniversary edition, author and urban planner Jeff Speck looks at how the streets of US cities have changed.

Baltimore lacks bike-friendly boulevards | READER COMMENTARY
Baltimore Sun December 7, 2022
I appreciate the recent letter from the co-presidents of Strong Towns Baltimore who speak about the damage done by arterials and highways that were designed to speed people in and out of the city.

How One Massachusetts Governor Rejected Car-Oriented Development | Planetizen News
Planetizen December 8, 2022
In an article for the Boston Globe, Danny McDonald describes the long-lasting impact of a decision made half a century ago by Massachusetts Governor Francis W. Sargent.

Brecksville seeks to become more pedestrian and bike friendly – December 8, 2022
The city has applied for two grants that would help make the southern end of town and downtown more pedestrian and bike friendly and potentially provide better bus service.

Boston highways: A bridge or a divide? – The Tufts Daily
The Tufts Daily December 8, 2022
In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the interstate highway system into existence — forever changing the country’s built environment and social infrastructure.

Kensington Expressway project could expand farther north – but just a little – Buffalo News
Buffalo News December 8, 2022
A scoping report expected by the end of the month will propose putting a cover over the Kensington Expressway two blocks farther north than previously announced.

Caltrans Asphalt Addiction Continues – Streetsblog California
Streetsblog California December 9, 2022
This time in eastern Contra Costa, with plans to build a new highway, State Route 239.

Austin mayoral candidates differ on I-35 expansion – Spectrum News
Spectrum News December 9, 2022
Austin’s Interstate 35 consistently ranks among the most congested roadways in the state of Texas.