Seven Freeways to Tear Down


The Infrastructurist has an interesting post on seven major, urban, old-school freeways that should be torn down to improve aesthetics, neighborhoods, or even traffic.

Topping the list: Cleveland and the West Shoreway. Rust Wire (and many other observers) have complained that Cleveland does a very poor job of utilizing one of its strongest assets – its Lake Erie waterfront. One big reason: there’s a highway there preventing people from having easy waterfront access.

As the Infrastructurist points out, removing a big highway has been done before, notably in Milwaukee.

Other cities of interest that grace the list: Buffalo (Skyway)and Baltimore (Jones Falls Expressway).

Thanks to one of our alert Rust Wire readers for pointing out this post.

What do you think? What is missing from the list? Should any of these named roads stay? The Infrastructurist seems to think most of the named highways are doomed eventually; I’m more of a pessimist and think it could be very hard to get rid of some of them.


Filed under Good Ideas, Public Transportation, Real Estate, Rust Belt Blogs, Urban Planning

5 responses to “Seven Freeways to Tear Down

  1. HHF

    The Infrastructurist also has an interesting article listing some cases where removing a highway turned out to improve traffic:

  2. schmange

    They are taking about converting the Shoreway into a pedestrian friendly boulevard. I think money’s even been allocated.

    I take this road to work every day and it sure is beautiful.

  3. HHF

    @ schmange,

    Riding my bike on the Shoreway during the Cleveland Triathlon was definitely one of the highlights. Such an amazing view, it was hard sometimes to remember I needed to be racing. 🙂

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  5. Squid ward

    i live in Seattle and I have never been too happy with the thought of tearing the Alaskan Way viaduct down. Seattle has grown to a point where the average working class person cannot easily afford a home within a decent neighborhood. Revitalizing the waterfront is only going increase the phony hip scene that the city has. I hate when I see homes in the nice areas in Seattle sell for so much money when a house 3x the size and much better looking sells for a fraction of the price in a city like Detroit. However to help a city like Cleveland with much more historical significance that is much more deserving of urban renewal it sounds like a good idea. I one day hope to see the rust belt revitalized and the shitty suburbs dead. I found it very interesting when i was in Germany that farmland was found right outside of every major city and town. Its a shame American cities aren’t that way anymore.

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