Freeway Fighters Digest (week of 4/15)

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.

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Environmental justice coalition criticizes planned BQE overhaul, demands community-led …
Brooklyn Paper April 13, 2024
Brooklynites rallied on Wednesday to demand that city and state officials work with them — not around them — to transform the aging Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.

Rochester’s Inner Loop Project Shows What Happens After a Highway Dies April 13, 2024
There’s an unmistakable sense of ambition in the freshly paved streets along the southeast end of downtown Rochester, New York, where a strip of new development has emerged on six acres of land created by the removal of a multi-lane expressway.

NEW LAND ABOVE THE HIGHWAY? The ‘Arcata Cap’ Project Would Build Five Acres
Lost Coast Outpost April 16, 2024
It’s pretty much common knowledge at this point that Arcata (along with many other cities) is making a mad dash to plan for the creation of a lot more housing, both because it is badly needed and because it is required by the state

Federal Defendants Dismissed From Case Targeting I-35 Expansion
Bloomberg Law News April 16, 2024
Federal agencies and officials were dismissed from a lawsuit challenging the expansion of Interstate 35 in Texas over its alleged effects on marginalized communities.

Residents speak out against I-35 expansion at CAMPO meeting
CBS Austin April 16, 2024
The expansion of Interstate 35 is a major topic of discussion in Austin.

Pasadena Launches Oral History Project to Document Impact of 710 Freeway Construction
Pasadena Now April 17, 2024
The City of Pasadena is launching an oral history project to capture the stories of residents who were displaced by the construction of the 710 freeway in the 1960s and 1970s, city officials announced.

Mayor Backs Boulevard To Replace I-794 Downtown
Urban Milwaukee April 17, 2024
Mayor Cavalier Johnson has made his position clear on the proposal to rebuild Interstate 794 through Downtown. 

Hamilton County to study reconnecting communities divided by I-75
WCPO April 18, 2024
Both the federal government and local leaders have been focused on reconnecting communities divided by highways like I-75 over the last few years. 

City announces $2M federal grant to address harms caused by I-290 by improving walk/bike …
Streetsblog Chicago April 18, 2024
It’s been almost seven decades since the construction of Chicago’s Eisenhower Expressway, aka I-290, began in 1955, disconnecting West Side communities and accelerating white flight.

Rochester Shows Possible Future for Former Highways
Planetizen April 18, 2024
What happens to a former freeway?

City gets $2 million federal grant to address damage to the West Side by the Eisenhower Expressway
Chicago Sun-Times April 19, 2024
When I was growing up, my dad, Jason, would lament how he could not take my sister Neesa and myself to see one of his childhood homes, an apartment on Chicago’s West Side.