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Freeway Lids: Reconnecting Communities and Creating New Land for Development

​Interstate 94, which connects Minneapolis and St. Paul, had a devastating impact on urban neighborhoods when it was completed in 1968. Fifty years later, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has launched an initiative to redevelop the aging interstate to serve communities as well as cars. MnDOT has proposed building freeway lids at key sites along the I-94 corridor to reestablish street grids and neighborhood connectivity. ULI Minnesota created a comprehensive vision that leverages the power of freeway lids to... Read more

Providence Is Using Bikes to Build a Future on a Freeway’s Footprint

​ Providence, Rhode Island is about to learn what happens when you move a freeway out. The 2013 relocation of Interstate 195 near downtown is just starting to pay off. The move reclaimed 16 city blocks for homes, parks and businesses just outside downtown and rejoined the downtown with the city’s historic jewelry district. Read more... Read more

Freeways Without Futures 2017

In Freeways Without Futures 2017, the Congress for the New Urbanism identifies the ten worst urban highways in America, each of which could be removed to fight pollution, ease traffic, and improve walkability and health. Additionally, for the first time, this report chronicles graduated highway campaigns that are successfully moving forward with removal. Learn more... Read more

Now This is How You Design a Freeway Underpass

Like most places in the U.S., the Silicon Valley city of Campbell made a big mistake a half-century ago. Transportation planners located State Route 17 so close to Campbell’s historic downtown that it sheared the picturesque streets off from the surrounding neighborhoods. This was fine for cars, and awful for everyone else, who now had to duck into a dark, dirty, dangerous hole. This week, a smart redesign of Campbell’s busiest underpass revealed a well-lit path fringed with public art,... Read more

A Colorful Vision for the 2 Freeway Spur, Remade as Elevated Park

​There are two ways you can look at the long spur of Los Angeles’s Freeway as it descends into Silver Lake and Echo Park. You can see it as the abandoned beginning of a long-planned connection between the 5 and the 101, or you can argue that the mile-long stretch of road is better understood as the potential platform for a new kind of green space in a park-starved city. Read more... Read more

San Francisco’s Plan to Bury a Freeway

​For a long time, a hulking viaduct of concrete and steel known as Doyle Drive, split the northern tip of San Francisco in two, cutting right through the Presidio, the U.S. Army base at the mouth of San Francisco Bay. When the Presidio was decommissioned, the land was turned into a national park, and its buildings were redeveloped as housing, restaurants, offices, art spaces and more. Now there is a plan to surround the road with a tunnel and then cover the tunnel with parkland... Read more
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