How to Remove a Highway

April 16, 2024

Highways are a blight on the urban landscape and are difficult to tear down. But there are some factors that can make a highway easier to tear down, and that’s what this video is all about.

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Summary:

  • Rochester, New York successfully removed a highway and replaced it with urban housing and a nice street after realizing it was no longer necessary for regional commuters.
  • Population decline and stagnant growth in cities contribute to the overbuilding of highway networks, leading to the necessity of highway tear downs.
  • Political support, potential for economic development, and public opinion are key factors in the decision to remove highways, as seen in examples like Milwaukee’s redevelopment success after highway demolition.
  • Organized opposition and local activism can either support or hinder highway removal projects, highlighting the importance of public opinion in shaping the narrative.

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