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tearing down freeways to gentrify
December 14, 2011, 12:06 pm
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Freeways: they don’t reduce traffic, they make more of it.

They don’t work like they’re supposed to. They’re quick to deteriorate, clogged at all the wrong times and offer little versatility when problems arise — one collision can make 10,000 people late for work. In fact, the dirty secret of freeways is that they don’t reduce traffic, they create it.  Ask any urban planner: Give people more roads, and more of them will drive. Studies show that, in most cases, removing a freeway adds only a few extra minutes to commute times.

Are Freeways Doomed, Will Doig, Salon

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