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Interstate Highway System

May 3, 2021, 5am PDT
The latest Vox explainer video tackles the eminently fascinating topic of highway sign fonts.
Vox via YouTube
April 14, 2021, 9am PDT
The erroneous belief that the negative impacts of interstate highways are simply "unintended consequences" fails to demand accountability for the project's failures.
The Metropole
March 26, 2021, 5am PDT
A new plan would spend an estimated $17 billion to remove a huge chunk of the Interstate Highway System's footprint in Hartford, Connecticut.
The CT Mirror
March 25, 2021, 11am PDT
Despite alarming claims about the nation's roads and bridges, a column in the Chicago Tribune argues that the administration's proposed infrastructure spending doesn't match actual needs.
Chicago Tribune
January 3, 2021, 5am PST
The U.S. Department of Transportation nominee acknowledged the impact the interstate highway system has had on communities of color and vowed to mitigate the damage.
Streetsblog USA
July 7, 2020, 10am PDT
Richmond, Virginia is hoping to make some big changes in time for its tricentennial in 2037, including a new cap park and a new form-based code.
Richmond BizSense
November 7, 2019, 2pm PST
An elevated highway destroyed an African American community in Syracuse, New York. Is just removing it enough?
The Washington Post
August 15, 2019, 6am PDT
A thorough and damning indictment of 20th century land use and infrastructure planning, and its contemporary legacy of segregation and congestion.
The New York Times Magazine
Blog post
January 14, 2019, 2pm PST
Maybe, just maybe, Trump might also be willing to consider the decaying condition of U.S. infrastructure a matter of national security. And if Congress played along, perhaps we'd get a 2019 Infrastructure bill. That's how Eisenhower did it.
Robert Fischer
December 9, 2018, 1pm PST
A report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine endorses an idea that is sure to be controversial.
The Mercury News
April 9, 2018, 2pm PDT
After tremendous success with a streetcar line, the desert city is considering strategies for investing in its historic automobile corridor.
CitiesSpeak
October 23, 2017, 12pm PDT
Indiana is on track to be the first state to apply new tolls on all lanes of selected interstate highways if they are successful in their application for a waiver from the Federal Highway Administration.
The Times of Northwest Indiana
June 30, 2017, 12pm PDT
At the dawn of automated vehicle technology, humans, and Americans in particular, should recall the shortcomings of past utopian visions.
Eno Transportation Weekly
April 15, 2017, 11am PDT
After another big announcement from the realm of futuristic transportation, there's reason to remain skeptical.
Curbed
January 31, 2017, 8am PST
President Trump is not the only one proposing a huge infrastructure plan—Senate Democrats have their own. The cost is the same, but financing is different. The Democrats' plan does just what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned against.
The Hill
August 31, 2016, 7am PDT
Photographer Michael DeFilippo captures the striking, ironic, and often depressing ways in which highways cut apart the urban fabric of St. Louis.
Huffington Post
July 1, 2016, 5am PDT
It will only take us two-and-a-half minutes to catch you up on the big planning news from the last week of June.
Planetizen
June 29, 2016, 5am PDT
A new report commemorates the 60th birthday of the interstate highway system with statistics (some politically motivated) that summarize the state of the nation's largest public works project.
USA Today
April 7, 2014, 8am PDT
While tolling will not fill the Highway Trust Fund gap, it can finance improvements for specific interstate highways that would otherwise be funded by a sustainable trust fund, not one approaching insolvency. Why not allow states the option to toll?
The New York Times - U.S.
January 15, 2014, 12pm PST
From Denver to Syracuse, U.S. cities are looking to heal neighborhoods torn apart by the construction of the Interstate Highway System. Could an alternative way of envisioning and financing such a system provide lessons for the developing world?
The Atlantic Cities