Freeway Fighters Digest (week of 1/15)

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

Puget Sound Leaders Not Ready to Hit the Brakes on Highway Expansion
The Urbanist January 13, 2024
Even in the face of ambitious greenhouse gas emissions goals that remain out-of-reach, elected leaders in central Puget Sound aren’t ready to rethink the process around how federal dollars are used to boost local transportation projects and de-prioritize projects that increase driving and pollution.

The ReConnect Rondo Land Bridge Vision January 15, 2024
What to do with an urban highway that destroyed a community 60 years ago?

Highway Cost Overruns Dominate State Transportation Budget Discussions
The Urbanist January 16, 2024
Despite a state transportation system full of unmet needs, the 60-day legislative session that started last Monday will likely see lawmakers spend the lion’s share of the time they devote to transportation spending discussions talking about how to keep a relatively small number of large transportation projects on track.

City Advisory Group to Discuss Historical Impacts of Freeway Construction on Segregation in Pasadena
Pasadena Now January 17, 2024
A meeting by the Reconnecting Communities 710 Advisory Group on Wednesday, Jan. 17, will feature presentations from two historical consultants – Allegra Consulting, Inc. and UCLA – that will delve into the impact of freeways on segregation in Pasadena. 

Biden administration steps in on Caltrans’ highway expansion in Fresno
The Business Journal January 17, 2024
A decision by the Biden administration casts new doubt on a planned expansion of Highway 99 in south central Fresno, raising concerns about the project’s impact on air quality and prompting fresh scrutiny from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Montreal Expressway to Be Transformed into Pedestrian Haven 
The Energy Mix January 18, 2024
Ongoing efforts to reconnect Montrealers with their waterfront have received a significant boost, with the federal government announcing C$282 million towards repurposing the Bonaventure Expressway as a tree-lined urban boulevard for pedestrians and cyclists.

Reconnect Rondo leading land restoration movement
Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder January 19, 2024
Dr. Artika Tyner grew up in Rondo long after I-94 had sliced through St. Paul’s historically Black neighborhood, yet she still recalls her neighborhood holding strongly to its sense of community.