Freeway Fighters Digest (week of 9/11)

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

Governor Hochul Announces Public Hearing for Kensington Expressway Project to Take Place on 9/27
Governor Kathy Hochul – September 9, 2023
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that a public hearing on the Kensington Expressway project will take place on Wednesday, September 27 in Buffalo. 

In fight to remove divisive Claiborne Expressway, activists turn to new strategy — an EPA study
WWNO September 9, 2023
Aside from the occasional discarded hypodermic needle on the ground, Hunter’s Field Playground looks immaculate — almost untouched. 

How Frontline Communities Can Take Advantage of the Inflation Reduction Act to Advance …
CleanTechnica September 11, 2023
You’ve probably heard of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the largest climate investment in U.S. history.

Why Democrats and Republicans Alike Keep Expanding Highways – Streetsblog USA
Streetsblog USA September 11, 2023
A Democratic governor’s controversial decision to continue a road-widening effort championed by his Republican predecessor is the latest example of leaders of both parties pushing the same old harmful highway projects — raising questions of what it will take to get them to stop.

Philadelphia Unveils Design Concepts and Public Workshop for the Chinatown Stitch Phase 2
MyChesCo September 12, 2023
The City of Philadelphia, in partnership with the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC), recently released a public survey for input and feedback on three design concepts for the second phase of the Chinatown Stitch project in English and Simplified Chinese.

A Timeline of the I-35 Expansion Project Disaster – Austin Monthly Magazine
Austin Monthly Magazine September 12, 2023
Texas’ massive new $4.5 billion I-35 Austin expansion project has been approved over my obvious, vehement, and totally not jealous objections.

Survey: Chinatown Stitch Proposed Designs for Cap – Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia September 13, 2023
When the Vine Street Expressway was built in the 1980s, the Chinatown neighborhood was torn apart, forcing families to cross a dangerous multilane local road and expressway to travel to the north or south section of the neighborhood. 

Residents who live near UH worried about impact of Spur 5 expansion project – KHOU
KHOU September 13, 2023
The Fonde Civic Club held a community meeting Tuesday evening about a construction project that could affect several southeast Houston neighborhoods.

Kensington’s draft design, environmental report released – Audacy
Audacy September 14, 2023
The Draft Design Report and Environmental Assessment (DDR/EA) is now available for public review and comment for the $1 billion Kensington Expressway project, bringing the project one step closer in reconnecting the surrounding community.

Hmong immigrants put down roots on Dakota County farmland – MPR News
MPR News September 15, 2023
When Lillian Hang’s parents immigrated to the United States from Laos in the late 1970s, they were already experienced farmers.