Freeway Fighters Digest (week of 6/17)

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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Freeway Fighters News

Lawsuit seeks to restore Humboldt Parkway, remove parts of Scajaquada Expressway
WBFO June 14, 2024
Wayne Blassingame moved to Buffalo’s Hamlin Park neighborhood as a child in 1953.

Caltrans purchased L.A.-area homes to make way for now-defunct freeway project. 
Yahoo June 15, 2024
In attempt to clear space for a planned expansion of the 710 Freeway, the California Department of Transportation took control of homes along a five-mile stretch in the 1960s, displacing hundreds of families along the way.

Oregon Wants to Invest in Transit. But With What Money? 
Governing Magazine June 15, 2024
As Oregon lawmakers prepare to craft a major transportation package in next year’s legislative session, numerous organizations and local officials are jockeying for a seat at the table.

A ‘lid’ over I-75 in Detroit? It could be pricey — and beware of icicles
Crain’s Detroit Business June 17, 2024
Backers of a plan to put a cap over Interstate 75 in downtown Detroit and make it a park that unites both sides don’t have to go far for examples.

Highway coverings are coming to Austin. Here’s how to weigh in on design work
KXAN June 19, 2024
With Interstate 35’s expansion near downtown Austin poised to begin in the coming months, residents can help shape design work on the city-led initiative to add highway coverings to the interstate.

What is walkability? What does the government spend on it?
USAFacts June 20, 2024
Walkability is often an intuitive concept. If cities, small towns, or neighborhoods are built with activity-friendly routes that connect people to everyday destinations, that’s a “walkable” community.

In test case between state climate goals and freeway expansions, new lanes win
Los Angeles Times June 20, 2024
Underneath the Yolo Causeway near Sacramento, where a nearly half-billion-dollar effort is underway to add toll lanes to Interstate 80 and ease congestion, swollen rivers fill wetlands in the winter season and bat colonies roost in the bridge’s grooves in warm months.

Mission neighbors call for demolition of SF Central Freeway
San Francisco Examiner June 20, 2024
San Francisco resident Nico Pitney said that as far as he’s concerned, The City could remove the Central Freeway tomorrow.