Freeway Fighters Digest (week of 7/1)

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.

The Department of Transportation has released the 2024 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program Fiscal Years 2024 – 2026 funding. DOT will host a series of webinars to go over pertinent components of this year’s NOFO. Join for the “Interested in Applying?” General Webinar on Tuesday, July 9, 2-3:30pm on Zoom. Please register on the RCP website under Webinars.

Freeway Fighters News

Maine Turnpike Authority, some community members clash over proposed Gorham connector
News Center Maine June 28, 2024
Some community members are against the highway expansion and want the MTA to explore other options.

Federal money helping reconnect Tucson communities
KOLD June 29, 2024
White House Senior Advisor Tom Perez attended a roundtable with Tucson Mayor Regina Romero and other community members on Thursday.

Community group releases action items for next phase of I-375
Urbanize Detroit June 29, 2024
MDOT is expected to start construction on the reworking of I-375 in Detroit next year.

Do we really need that highway? Law seeks to change Minnesotans’ relationship with cars 
Star Tribune June 30, 2024
A law hailed by climate change activists calls for major state highway projects in Minnesota to curb greenhouse gas emissions. 

The Lockland Split is going away. But will that help the village?
WVXU July 1, 2024
You probably know the name Lockland for at least one reason.

New pathways open up for the future of I-94
The Minnesota Daily July 2, 2024
Alongside the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), local organizations Our Streets and ReConnect Rondo aim to create new alternatives to Interstate 94 that benefit the residents of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

What’s Next if the Twin Cities Boulevard Gets Built? July 2, 2024
The Rethinking I-94 project comes with a significant amount of controversy with many different groups advocating for many different solutions and ideas for what to do with this patch of highway.

Removing the highway is the easy part. Reconnecting the community is harder. 
NPR July 4, 2024
In the 1950s, when Regina Lawson was a girl on Detroit’s east side, she would walk along Hastings Street every day with her father.

On re-imagining Pasadena’s 710 freeway ‘stub,’ two schools of thought emerge
Los Angeles Daily News July 4, 2024
The Pasadena community working group tasked with shaping the future of the 710 freeway “stub” found themselves on two trains of thoughts regarding the site’s redevelopment.

‘We should tear down urban highways.’ The surprising social costs of American highways
Fast Company July 4, 2024
Below, Kimble shares five key insights from her new book, City Limits: Infrastructure, Inequality, and the Future of America’s Highways.