Patch #214: Ask Me About Freeway Removal

Patch #214Ask Me About Freeway Removal

by Joe Biel

There have been murmurs that when Eisenhower, the designer of the interstate highway system, learned that freeways had been built through the heart of cities, he cried. The reality of the system had so far missed his vision and they had become incredibly expensive. A power broker named Robert Moses had created a powerful lobby to get them built and was able to use them as a powerful tool to get money from states with the promise of jobs. But sixty years later, tax dollars no longer cover the cost of maintaining these roads. So perhaps it's time to replace in-city highways with some hanging gardens? Parks? Pick your poison.