Is There Such Thing as an "Urban Freeway"?

Freeways are disconnected, unwalkable, and have limited access; they are the antithesis of "urban." So we should probably use a different term to describe them, argues Alex McKeag.

"In entering the jurisdiction of cities, did the highways themselves somehow change, evolving to fit the urban context?" asks McKeag. "There is nothing inherently different between a freeway in a city and one outside of a city. Nothing. And attaching the word 'urban' implies a compatibility with the city that simply doesn’t exist."

"Therefore, if by using the term 'urban freeway' we are either legitimizing the freeway as something that belongs in an urban context (somehow positively connoting it is connected and accessible) or suggesting it is a distinctive 'thing' that exists and we need to accept it, then the term needs to change. Remember, freeways don’t belong in cities."

Full Story: HIGHWAYS TO BOULEVARDS BLOG: The Language of Urban Freeways

Comments

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $199
Planetizen Courses image ad

Planetizen Courses

Advance your career with subscription-based online courses tailored to the urban planning professional.
Starting at $14.95 a month

Wear your city with style!

100% silk scarves feature detailed city maps. Choose from six cities with red or blue trim.
$55.00
City Plate table setting

New Arrival! City Plates

City downtown cores printed on gorgeous decorative collectible porcelain plates.
$50.00