Freeway Fighters Digest (week of 7/10)

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

Application period opens for Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods Program
Transportation Today July 8, 2023
The U.S. Department of Transportation recently opened the application period for the Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods Program.

Project Director of I-15 expansion says community impacts are a last resort
KSL NewsRadio July 8, 2023
The Utah Department of Transportation is collecting information and feedback regarding their I-15 expansion plans from Farmington to Salt Lake City. 

US DOT ‘Equity Plan’ Ignores the Inequitable Impacts of Highway Expansions
Streetsblog USA July 10, 2023
A new plan aimed at reversing the inequity inflicted on communities by federal transportation policies is missing strong performance measures that might actually stop that racist history from repeating itself, advocates say.

DOT offers $3.35B in grants to reconnect communities, improve neighborhood access and equity
Smart Cities Dive July 10, 2023
The U.S. Department of Transportation is now taking applications for the Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods Program, which combines two existing programs to create a more streamlined process for communities to apply, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced last week.

Concerns arise over Highway 79 widening plans in Leon County – KBTX
KBTX July 11, 2023
Residents and business owners in Leon County are expressing concerns over plans to widen a portion of Highway 79 between Buffalo and Jewett. 

Repairing the Roads That Were Built to Divide – July 12, 2023
At a White House press conference in November 2021, US Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was asked about racism in transportation.

Public hearings set for I-794 rebuild or demolition options as developers remain divided
The Business Journals July 13, 2023
With the state scheduling public hearings for early August on the various options to rebuild or remove Interstate 794 in downtown Milwaukee, members of the real estate community are receptive to scaling back its footprint, but divided on a full tear-down.

Report: Replacing ‘Gash Across Detroit’ to Unlock $50M in New Real Estate—and Create 4.5K Jobs
The Gander July 13, 2023
Detroiters know that there’s no way to reverse history—or to ever fully repair the damage caused after I-375’s construction effectively tore the Motor City asunder in the 1960s.

‘Divided by Design’ Underscores Inequities in Transportation Policy | Planetizen News
Planetizen July 14, 2023
Divided by Design, a new report from Smart Growth America, highlights the inequities built into the U.S. transportation system and calls for “a fundamental change to the overall approach to transportation.”

What Would Our Cities Look Like if Their Downtowns Had Not Been Torn Apart for Highways?
Streetsblog USA July 14, 2023
A new report lays out how much work still needs to be done to undo the damage of our highway system.

Will Detroit’s I-375 Reconnecting Communities Project restore a once thriving Black corridor?
YouTube July 14, 2023
Detroit’s Interstate 375: It’s considered to be the shortest highway in the country, stretching just over one mile long, and when it was constructed, it led to the destruction of two thriving African American communities, Black Bottom and Paradise Valley, in the city.