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Freeway Teardowns

February 27, 2020, 7am PST
A plan to teardown the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and build a tunnel in its place has new political support and an expensive engineering plan.
The New York Times
January 15, 2020, 11am PST
The Interstate 84 viaduct in Hartford, Connecticut, is past due for major updates, and a variety of very different possibilities are on the table.
CityLab
December 4, 2019, 1pm PST
More and more, cities are seeing little-used highways as a chance to reverse the planning decisions of the 20th century and provide more housing and economic opportunities.
Realtor
March 29, 2019, 6am PDT
The Brooklyn-Queens Expressway needs work, but the various proposals have very different visions about how to tackle the project and what the final outcome will be.
Curbed New York
December 14, 2018, 7am PST
The New York City roadway is desperately in need of repair, but just tearing it down and replacing it would be a shortsighted fix.
Intelligencer - New York Magazine
October 18, 2017, 8am PDT
A proposal once too controversial to consider is gaining traction at several layers of government.
The Dallas Morning News
April 18, 2017, 6am PDT
After reading this recent opinion piece by Bill Fulton, some pro-transit and anti-highway advocates might be thinking, "Et tu, Bill Fulton?"
Governing
February 2, 2017, 5am PST
The Congress for New Urbanism has released the latest Freeways Without Futures list, updating a list we last saw in 2014.
Streetsblog USA
June 10, 2016, 1pm PDT
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has envisioned a future for Downtown Dallas that includes more downtown and fewer freeways.
The Dallas Morning News
November 29, 2015, 11am PST
Alana Semuels, staff writer for The Atlantic, examines highway teardowns beginning with the San Francisco Embarcadero in 1989 to see how they have worked in terms of revitalizing poorer areas or restoring the urban fabric that they destroyed.
The Atlantic
July 30, 2014, 1pm PDT
Funded by a grant from the California Department of Transportation, Long Beach released an RFP for conceptual and design services for a plan to transform the Terminal Island Freeway into a "regional serving greenbelt and local serving road."
Longbeachize
June 15, 2011, 8am PDT
That's the dilemma with Interstate 81 in Syracuse, NY, an elevated freeway that cuts through the center of the city. At the end of its life expectancy, planners are debating its fate.
NCPR News
April 8, 2011, 7am PDT
A "crazy idea" to remove an inner city freeway in Seoul, South Korea turned to reality. This piece tells the story about how this unlikely event came to be.
Grist
September 10, 2010, 5am PDT
Efforts to tear down the Interstate-10 Claiborne Expressway, a 2.2 mile section of elevated roadway in New Orleans that many locals and activists have blamed for separating neighborhoods. Neal Pierce says teardowns might begin to grow in popularity.
Citiwire
July 25, 2010, 7am PDT
A group of activists and planners has released a report showing how tearing down the Claiborne Ave. Expressway in New Orleans and turning it into a boulevard would benefit the neighborhood and the city.
The Times-Picayune
July 8, 2009, 8am PDT
<em>The Infrastructurist</em> offers four case studies of cities that have removed highways. The result: less congestion.
The Infrastructurist
April 2, 2009, 11am PDT
In the second part of this Streetsblog interview, CNU President John Norquist discusses his tenure as mayor of Milwaukee and the politics behind making cities more transit-oriented and walkable.
Streetsblog
November 2, 2008, 9am PST
Next American City takes a look at freeways and sees the end coming -- for some, anyway.
Next American City
September 23, 2008, 7am PDT
The Congress for the New Urbanism has released a list of the top ten urban freeways that need to be torn down.
Congress For New Urbanism