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Port of Portland

A Surprising Ally for Highway Tolling in Portland

Environmentalists find an ally in Portland's port for a plan to toll highways coming into the city.

August 2, 2018 - Willamette Week

New York City

Big, Expensive Idea: Bury Six Miles of Expressway Under Brooklyn

The Gowanus Expressway is a big polluter and a traffic nightmare. Some see putting the road underground as a solution.

May 17, 2017 - Crain's New York Business

Seattle

Against Seattle's Waterfront Highway

Seattle is set to build a nine-lane tunnel on its waterfront, the Urbanist's Ryan Packer is disappointed with its design and the project's stated goals.

November 10, 2016 - The Urbanist

Friday Fail: Massive Housing Project Built in the Middle of Chinese Highway

No doubt, a few angry fingers were wagged in Xi'an, Shaanxi province after a superblock of apartments was built where an eight-lane highway was supposed to go. The solution: just build the highway though it.

October 25, 2013 - The Daily Mail

Learning from TTI

In a recent post, Todd Litman criticized the Texas Transportation Institute's Urban Mobility Report.  In this post, I'd like to do something a little different: assume that TTI's congestion estimates are more or less reliable, and try to learn something from them.  So here are a few observations:

October 4, 2011 - Michael Lewyn

Hartford Citizens Call For Highway Removal

An elevated section of 1-84 cut right through downtown Hartford. As repair plans are put in place, citizens are calling for the stretch of highway to be torn down instead.

June 24, 2009 - SF.STREETSBLOG.org

Congestion, Pollution and Freeways

A common argument in favor of building sprawl-generating roads and highways is that if we just pave over enough of the United States, we can actually reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions by reducing congestion.  For example, a Reason Foundation press release cited a report by two University of California/Riverside engineering professors, “Real-World CO2 Impact of Traffic Congestion” (available online at http://www.cert.ucr.edu/research/pubs/TRB-08-2860-revised.pdf ).    But if you read the report carefully, its policy impact is a bit more ambiguous.

May 6, 2009 - Michael Lewyn

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