A blog for better streets and public spaces in Portland, Maine.

Monday, November 3, 2008

TNAC: The Fallacy of Freeways

The Next American City looks into the movement to do away with useless freeways in revitalizing cities.

“The broken windows theory definitely applies to freeways,” says Steven Filmanowicz, communications director of the Congress for the New Urbanism. “They cause blight, cast shadows and vibrate. There never seems to be a pleasant place to be underneath one, and in neighborhoods surrounding them, crime often goes up.”

Saying that Portland "needs" I-295 is like saying that Portland needs blight and pollution. Or that we need local jobs to move out into the suburbs.

Maybe MDOT could just cut to the chase and just give us a hole in the head instead.

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