What would U.S. cities be without their urban freeways? The answer: better cities. We discuss how burying, blasting, or otherwise dismantling these obsolete and, in many cases, crumbling pieces of infrastructure is a huge step towards righting past wrongs against typically-minority communities and towards a more people-friendly urban form. In the process, freeway removal projects unshackle local and state governments from costly repairs, and they open up swaths of developable and taxable land.
Mentioned: How to remove a freeway in your city (by the Duluth Waterfront Collective)
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References & notes
-  Mass Transit: WMATA says "We're Ready" to open Silver Line on Nov. 15
-  Wikipedia: Freeway removal
-  NYT: Can Removing Highways Fix America's Cities?
-  Lincoln Institute of Land Policy: How Urban Highway Removal Is Changing Our Cities
-  Planetizen: 'Freeways Without Futures' Spotlights Freeway Removal Efforts
-  Reuters: Neighborhoods united: Highway removal gains steam in U.S. cities
-  Governing: Highway Removal a High Hurdle, Even With New Funding
-  Duluth Waterfront Collective: How to remove a freeway in your city.
-  Streetsblog USA: These 15 Urban Highways Have Got to Go
-  ITDP: Leapfrogging Past the Urban Highway
-  Wikipedia: Inner Loop (Rochester)
-  Wikipedia: Alaskan Way Viaduct
-  Wikipedia: Big Dig
-  Wikipedia: Highway revolt
-  Wikipedia: California State Route 480
-  CNU: Freeways Without Futures