Freeway Fighters Digest (week of 11/13)

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.

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*Note: The Freeway Fighters Digest will be off next week (week of 11/20) and will return with a special two-week edition on 12/1.

Freeway Fighters News

Albany Riverfront Collaborative is the Achievers 2023 strategist of the year – The Business Journals
The Business Journals November 10, 2023
As the state considers what to do with Interstate 787, Scott Townsend — one of the founders of the collaborative — says the process to figure out what happens next needs to be inclusive.

The Nation’s Most Wasteful Highway Projects | Planetizen News
Planetizen November 10, 2023
The Highway Boondoggles report, an annual release from the Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), highlights the most “wasteful or unnecessary” highway projects in the nation.

Highways don’t belong in cities – The Daily Texan
The Daily Texan November 10, 2023
Imagine if somebody proposed replacing Guadalupe Street, from Airport Boulevard through UT and downtown, with a highway, which would carry interstate traffic from Mexico to Minnesota.

Detroit Today: A street level look at the plans to remove I-375 – WDET 101.9 FM
WDET 101.9 FM November 11, 2023
The Reckoning 375 series from Detroit Today continues this week with a deeper look at how the city’s I-375 Reconnecting Communities Project to replace the freeway with a boulevard will be implemented at the street level, and how it will affect neighboring communities, commuters and pedestrians.

Highway Boondoggles 2023: A Cape Cod Canard – Streetsblog USA
Streetsblog USA November 13, 2023
The Bourne and Sagamore bridges across the Cape Cod Canal provide the only roadway access to the Cape Cod peninsula from mainland Massachusetts.

Want to save our cities? Look to San Francisco’s iconic survivor: the Ferry Building – Yahoo
Yahoo November 13, 2023
San Francisco’s Ferry Building and Los Angeles’ City Hall might be long-lost cousins. 

Neighbors Give Thumbs Down to I-94 Expansion – November 14, 2023
Seventy people gathered on October 26 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in the Midway in St. Paul to talk about the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s (MnDOT) Rethinking I-94 project and the agency’s proposed design options.

Freeway Fighters Summit Signals a New Wave of US Highway Revolts – Bloomberg November 15, 2023
Like most American cities, Cincinnati’s downtown is defined by a tangle of highways. 

MDOT taps the brakes after more pushback on I-375 plan for Detroit – Outlier Media
Outlier Media November 15, 2023
At public meetings in Detroit last week, residents spoke up about housing discrimination and officials finalized plans to engage immigrant populations in the city. 

7 reasons why removing I-794 would be a boon for downtown Milwaukee | Opinion
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel November 16, 2023
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is studying options for rebuilding or removing Interstate-794 between the Hoan Bridge and the Marquette Interchange.

Documenting History Before Planning the Future – Pasadena Now
Pasadena Now November 16, 2023
Imagine the opportunity to build a whole new neighborhood from the ground up. 

Could narrower traffic lanes help reduce harmful emissions? – Public News Service
Public News Service November 17, 2023
Wisconsin’s largest city has seen recent debate over highway expansion plans amid environmental concerns, and a new study suggested for similar projects, some effects could be limited if narrower traffic lanes are prioritized.

Opinion | Utah’s I-15 expansion is a bad idea – The Salt Lake Tribune
The Salt Lake Tribune November 17, 2023
The Utah Department of Transportation’s (UDOT) comment period on the proposed $1.6 billion expansion of 17 miles of I-15 from Salt Lake to Farmington closed Nov. 13. 

Why is Colorado off track to miss its first big climate goals? Short answer: cars
Colorado Public Radio November 17, 2023
Colorado’s struggle to decarbonize its transportation system has it set to miss its first legally mandated climate targets.

Delegation from Albany attends conference in Atlanta as future of Interstate 787 is debated
WAMC November 17, 2023
Members of the Albany Riverfront Collaborative traveled to Atlanta this week to brainstorm with groups from other U.S. cities as part of their quest to re-imagine Interstate 787.