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How to Fix Traffic Forever

Join Wendover Productions in exploring some seemingly obvious, but surprisingly effective, innovations in traffic control. From congestion pricing to diverging diamond interchanges, these systems effortlessly increase the flow of traffic and minimize the potential for collisions. Increasing the number of lanes is not the answer. Learn more... Read more

Road Diets Make for Skinnier Streets that are Safer for Pedestrians

A decade ago, when Riverside Avenue in Jacksonville, Florida was widened to six lanes, there wasn’t much reason for anyone to walk across it. But in recent years, that stretch of Riverside has seen a construction boomlet. Now the Downtown Investment Authority is exploring a concept called a road diet that would result in fewer lanes for automobiles, making it easier for people on foot and bicycle to cross the the street. Read more... Read more

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

After 58 Years Philly’s About to Finally Fix Its I-95 Problem

​ An 11-acre park will cover Interstate 95 between Chestnut and Walnut streets, connecting the Delaware River waterfront with the rest of the city. The project plan dates back a full decade, to 2007, but the notion of draping the highway with a park goes back decades more. 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

Highway Conversion to Reconnect New Haven Neighborhoods

The city of New Haven, Connecticut is leveraging $36 million in federal TIGER grants to convert an urban-renewal-era highway spur into more of a pedestrian-friendly boulevard, opening up 10 acres of land in the city center for development in the process. By transforming the highway into a boulevard that slows traffic and links with downtown cross streets, the city hopes to knit the neighborhoods back together. Read more... Read more
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