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Do Freeways Belong Inside Cities?

May 14, 2015 by Kaid Benfield

Freeways and Cities

About a week and a half ago I was in Dallas for a conference. My first freeway experience in the city was in a taxi that was stuck in traffic for over an hour on some highway in between DFW Airport and downtown where the conference hotel was.[read more]

Seattle's New, Doomed Freeway

January 19, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Seattle Infrastructure Construction

A few years years ago, I was applauding Seattle for its decision to tear down the Alaska Way Viaduct, an elevated freeway that runs along the city’s waterfront. Unfortunately, Seattle made this decision on the condition that a two-mile highway tunnel beneath downtown would be built to replace it.[read more]

What if Cape Town Knocked Down its Freeways? [VIDEO]

July 6, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Cape Town and Freeways

What are some ways in which downtown Cape Town can be re-imagined? A few key changes could fundamentally change the way the Cape Town bowl is integrated in with the harbour and sea by moving the elevated freeway and current parking lots underground.[read more]

Minneapolis' Auto-Oriented Infrastructure Comes at A High Cost

November 7, 2013 by The Global Grid

Car Culture in Minneapolis

Minneapolis traditionally has followed urban growth patterns similar to Manhattan’s strict grid system. However, in an urban planning effort to utilize the automobile, a system of freeways has been created over the past fifty years to support urban sprawl.[read more]

Placemaking: Freeway Underpasses as Opportunities for Celebration

August 30, 2013 by The Global Grid

Freeway Underpass Celebration

President Eisenhower may have not been aware, when signing the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956, that many of the 41,000 miles of road would be built through densely populated areas, but, fortunately or not, that’s exactly what happened.[read more]

Is running freeways through cities a costly mistake?

March 5, 2012 by Kaid Benfield

  I am of the opinion, which is by no means universally held, that the Interstate Highway System, whose construction was begun in the 1950s, was good for America, or at least a net plus when it comes to travel between cities.  As I have written before, I am old enough to remember when the early parts of I-40 were built in...[read more]

The Freeway Congestion Paradox

February 4, 2012 by Chris Bradford

I've gotten some pushback on my claim that adding two congestion-priced lanes to MoPac will increase capacity more than adding two free lanes. This is the Freeway Congestion Paradox: Chen and Varaiya, in their article entitled "The Freeway Congestion Paradox," have demonstrated that, once freeway vehicle density (measured in vehicles per...[read more]

Livable Cities Don't Have Freeways

England's A3 tunnel will cost $402 million per mile, making it the most expensive project of its kind in the United Kingdom. Photo by Tom O'DonoghueWe recently wrote about Glasgow’s controversial and expensive road expansion—an elevated six-lane highway to complete Glasgow’s ring of motorways that will cost more than $200 million per...[read more]

The Vancouver That (Thankfully) Never Was

May 24, 2011 by Yuri Artibise

I can across an interesting post in Gordon Price’s Price Tags‘ archives that looks at a decision Vancouver made in the 1960s, or rather chose NOT to make. There are few singular decisions made in any North American city that have had such a dramatic impact of the future of a city, especially when the decision ...[read more]