Freeway Fighters Digest (week of 8/14)

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.

In October, America Walks is hosting in Cincinnati a summit of advocates from grassroots freeway fighting campaigns across the country. Together, this group will start to develop shared strategies to fight freeways and reconnect communities at the local, state, and federal levels, as well as set the direction for future, larger gatherings involving even more members of the Freeway Fighters Network.

America Walks is raising funds directly to support advocate travel to the summit and have started a crowdfunding campaign that has a $10,000 dollar-for-dollar match, generously sponsored by the Devou Good Foundation. No matter the amount, any donation is greatly appreciated:

Freeway Fighters News

Editorial counterpoint: Twin Cities would be better without an I-94
Star Tribune August 12, 2023
We in the Twin Cities are lucky: We have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to radically improve our air pollution.

Peña Boulevard is clogged, but the A-Line runs alongside it. What’s the best transportation fix?
The Denver Post August 14, 2023
Just after noon, the taillights ahead warn of another sudden midday slowdown. 

710 Advisory Group to Hold Bus Tour of the “Stub” – Pasadena Now
Pasadena Now August 14, 2023
The Reconnecting Communities 710 Advisory Group will hold a 710 Stub bus tour at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

How To Take a Freeway Fight to the Next Level – Streetsblog USA
Streetsblog USA August 15, 2023
Federal transportation leaders are doling out billions of dollars to reconnect communities torn apart by highways.

Milwaukee residents fear more flooding due to planned I-94 expansion | Wisconsin Public Radio
Wisconsin Public Radio | August 15, 2023
Janet Haas, two decades ago, saw potential in a field of thistle, grass and bushes that Milwaukee County had neglected: Valley Park, nestled between the Menomonee River to the west and homes in one of Milwaukee’s most racially diverse neighborhoods to the east.

Peña Boulevard’s future: Should it be widened or does it need a bike lane? Here’s how … – Denverite
Denverite August 15, 2023
What should Peña Boulevard look like in the coming years?

N.J. Gov. Candidate: Stop Fighting Congestion Pricing — Expand It Instead! – Streetsblog USA
Streetsblog USA August 15, 2023
The Jersey City mayor who hopes to be the next Garden State governor thinks current Gov. Murphy’s lawsuit to stop congestion pricing is “wrong” and “disjointed” — and vows that if he’s elected, tolling would actually expand to charge New York drivers for the congestion they cause in Jersey.

How Utah is trying to make buses more viable
Axios August 16, 2023
Across the West, cities have long made rail transit central to their efforts to address traffic congestion, pollution and rising gas costs in car-centric, sprawling metro areas.

Road to Ruin: Route 322 Widening Could Devastate Family’s Centre County Farm
Lancaster Farming August 16, 2023
At first glance, the Darlington family’s farm appears to be its own world.

Climate and Clean Energy Programs One Year After the Inflation Reduction Act
National League of Cities August 17, 2023
The ambition of the historic climate and clean energy provisions from the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is to serve as a significant economic driver for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building community resilience in the face of more severe and frequent extreme weather events.

Strengthening Communities with Innovative Right of Way Projects | Crossroads
Crossroads August 17, 2023
When urban highway projects were built several decades ago, many thriving communities were physically divided and negatively impacted, experiencing social, economic and environmental hardships from highway development. 

Quantifying the Losses Caused by New Freeways | Planetizen News
Planetizen August 18, 2023
For the first time, Smart Growth America’s Divided by Design report quantifies the financial losses brought on by freeway construction and the demolition of homes.

Parsons Working in Partnership with NYSDOT to Reimagine the Future of Interstate 787 in Albany
GlobeNewswire August 18, 2023
After a competitive selection process, Parsons Corporation (NYSE: PSN) announced today that the company was selected by the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) to complete a Planning and Environment Linkages (PEL) study for the potential reconfiguration of the Interstate 787 (I-787) corridor in the greater Albany area.

Grassroots proposal calls for transforming the Marina Freeway into a massive park
Urbanize LA August 18, 2023
Across Southern California, remnants of never-built freeways dot the landscape. 

How Future Metro Freeway Expansion could Mitigate Increased Driving – Part 2
Streetsblog LA August 18, 2023
Back in 2020, the climate was overheating in the form of large wildfires, intense hurricanes, and receding ice (all of which have since worsened).