What happens when you teardown an urban highway?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 06:15 PM

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) There's a proposal in New York to tear down the Sheridan Expressway in the Bronx, and another to get rid of the southern tip of FDR drive. The idea of ripping down an urban highway produces a range of reactions -- from scoffing dismissal to a foaming frenzy. How can all those cars NOT clog urban streets? Turns out, in cities that have lost urban highways to earthquake, neglect, or just decisions by mayors and planners, traffic volume goes down, not up. Proponents of highway teardown say it's the road to development, not congestion. The story, on Marketplace.


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