Freeway Fighters Digest (week 1/30)

Lauren MayerWeekly News Digest

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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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El Paso Freeway Cap Linked to Road Expansion | Planetizen News
Planetizen January 28, 2023
A proposed freeway cap in El Paso, Texas could rejoin neighborhoods divided by Interstate 10, but could be tied to the freeway’s expansion, reports Dan Zukowski in Smart Cities Dive. 

Lumbering Toward a Long-Held Vision for a New I-35 – The Austin Chronicle
The Austin Chronicle January 28, 2023
According to the 2020 census, the median-age Austinite is 33.7 years old.  

Should federal grants favor highway repair over expansion? – AP News
AP News January 30, 2023
Arizona officials refer to a notoriously congested stretch of desert highway through tribal land as the Wild Horse Pass Corridor, a label that’s less about horses than the bustling casino by the same name located just north of where the interstate constricts to four lanes.

ACLU of Wisconsin: Submits comments opposing I-94 freeway expansion – WisPolitics
WisPolitics February 2, 2023
The ACLU of Wisconsin and other social and environmental justice organizations submitted comments Tuesday to federal and state transportation officials vehemently opposing the proposed expansion of Interstate 94 through Milwaukee due to the negative environmental and racial impacts the project would exacerbate. 

A life-altering I-15 project wasn’t in Grandma Molly’s retirement plan — not for a second time
The Salt Lake Tribune February 2, 2023
Molly Segura and her family have lived in their Guadalupe home for more than 60 years.

Decades of Highway Construction and Community Destruction – AARP
AARP February 3, 2023
Deemed “essential to the national interest” by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the United States’ interstate highway system became the largest public works program in American history following the passage in 1956 of the Federal-Aid Highway Act. 

Before the Highway: Learn More – AARP
AARP February 3, 2023
The “Before the Highway” package of articles published on examines — through the eyes of seven witnesses age 50 or older — the displacement caused by the creation of the interstate highway system in the mid-20th-century.

Contrasting visions vie for the future of I-94 – Spokesman Recorder
Spokesman Recorder February 3, 2023
A plan by a Minneapolis-based transportation advocacy group to completely remove I-94 and replace it with a surface-level boulevard is not sitting well with those in St. Paul’s Rondo community seeking to reconnect their neighborhood that was severed by the highway. 

As Climate Money Pours In, Some Urban Freeways May Disappear – Reasons to be Cheerful
Reasons to be Cheerful February 3, 2023
In 1995, Peter Park, then a professor at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, began working with his students to make a case for tearing down a freeway.