San Francisco: Removal of the Embarcadero Freeway
Vancouver’s Multi-Modal Success Story
Perhaps one of the best transportation stories of 2016 comes from Vancouver, B.C. where they have achieved a 50% sustainable mode share (bike, walk, transit) a full four years earlier than goal (2020).
Highways to boulevards
There is a growing movement to removing aging urban highways to restore neighborhoods and revitalize our cities. The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) believes that teardowns offer an attractive option for cities struggling with aging highway infrastructure. The strategies are proving themselves in adding value and restoring urban neighborhoods decimated by highway construction. For more info, go to cnu.org/highways.
MOVING BEYOND THE AUTOMOBILE: HIGHWAY REMOVAL
IN THIS WEEK'S EPISODE OF "MOVING BEYOND THE AUTOMOBILE," STREETFILMS TAKES YOU ON A GUIDED TOUR OF PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE HIGHWAY REMOVAL PROJECTS WITH JOHN NORQUIST OF THE CONGRESS FOR THE NEW URBANISM (CNU).
Some of the most well-known highway removals in America -- like New York City's Miller Highway and San Francisco's Embarcadero Freeway -- have actually been unpredictable highway collapses brought on by structural deficiencies or natural disasters. It turns out there are good reasons for not rebuilding these urban highways once they become rubble: They drain the life from the neighborhoods around them, they suck wealth and value out of city, and they don't even move traffic that well during rush hour.
Now several cities are pursuing highway removals more intentionally, as a way to reclaim city space for housing, parks, and economic development. CNU has designated ten "Freeways without Futures" here in North America, and in this video, you'll hear about the benefits of tearing down the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle, the Sheridan Expressway in the Bronx, the Skyway and Route 5 in Buffalo, and the Claiborne Expressway in New Orleans.