Freeway Fighters Digest (week of 7/24)

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.

Recently, Rethink794 hosted Peter Park, a national expert on urban freeway removal starting with his time as Planning Director at the City of Milwaukee. He was kind enough to make the trip back to Milwaukee to share his insights on removing the Park-East freeway 20 years ago. That removal has resulted in $4 billion of development, provided more access, and most people today don’t know it was ever there.

His visit helped Rethink794 to host a panel discussion about today’s debate surrounding I-794 – these extremely beneficial discussions rarely play out in such a public forum. So please listen and share: (Panel discussion starts at minute 51).

Freeway Fighters News

Ceremonial groundbreaking for I-81 project in Syracuse – Spectrum News 1
Spectrum News 1 July 22, 2023
After a decade-and-a-half of debate, various proposals, legal battles and several anticipated construction start dates that have come and gone, Friday marked a step forward for the Interstate 81 viaduct project in Syracuse

Breaking ground and barriers: Educational disparities in city schools amidst I-81 Project
CNY Central July 22, 2023
New York State officials, from Gov. Kathy Hochul to Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh, joined together Friday to announce the groundbreaking on the controversial I-81 Project.

L.A. Freeway Expansion to Move Ahead, Sans Displacement | Planetizen News
Planetizen July 23, 2023
In a victory for freeway fighters and anti-displacement activists, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) announced the Metro and Caltrans 605 Freeway Corridor Improvement Project (605CIP).

Advocates worry that state’s car-centric plans will deepen inequity in Baltimore
The Baltimore Banner July 26, 2023
The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board voted on Tuesday to solidify both its short- and long-term laundry lists of projects — including everything from highway expansion to public transportation revamps — despite strong opposition from transit advocates.

How Committed Is City To Tearing Down 794? – Urban Milwaukee
Urban Milwaukee July 27, 2023
The new Downtown Plan is drawing praise for its vision, which includes doubling the residential population, extending the streetcar, rebuilding key streets to be more pedestrian-friendly and removing the east-west section of Interstate 794 that divides Downtown from the Historic Third Ward.

New Highways Are Still Tearing Communities Apart | Planetizen News
Planetizen July 28, 2023
Residents of Sandridge, South Carolina are being displaced by a road-building project, reports Sarah Sax in The Guardian.

Relaunching the Red Line | Maryland Daily Record
Maryland Daily Record July 28, 2023
On June 15, Gov. Wes Moore, together with federal, state and local officials, business leaders, and community representatives standing at the West Baltimore MARC station, announced his commitment to building the Red Line, the east-west transit service through the center of the Baltimore region.

‘They Are Destroying Everything That Was Given to Us’: New Highway Will Split Historically …
Atlanta Black Star July 28, 2023
A majority-Black community in a small town in South Carolina will soon be lost to a new highway project to connect drivers to a nearby beach.

Americans Know Expanding Roads Doesn’t Fix Traffic – CleanTechnica
CleanTechnica July 28, 2023
Automobile congestion is as old as the automobile itself — people have been getting stuck in traffic since the earliest days of the car.

Is Rethinking I-94 too ambitious? – Star Tribune
Star Tribune July 28, 2023
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has unveiled 10 ideas for the Rethinking I-94 project, an ambitious endeavor to address a number of safety, equity and mobility issues with the nearly eight-mile stretch of the interstate that runs between Minneapolis and St. Paul.