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MBA: 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.

Streetfilms would like to thank The Fund for the Environment & Urban Life for making this series possible.

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Enrique Peñalosa talks with COMMUTErs

Yesterday, Bogotá, Colombia's most famous former mayor and livable streets hero, Enrique Peñalosa, presented many of his transportation and livable space achievements to Communities United for Transportation Equity (COMMUTE!) a recently-formed partnership between the Pratt Center for Community Development and community organizations in low-income neighborhoods around the city.

Joan Byron, Director of the Sustainability and Environmental Justice says, "We hope that Enrique Peñalosa's vision and political courage will inspire our own elected officials to stand up for the communities they represent and seize the opportunity congestion pricing presents to collect a very small amount of money from the most affluents and best-subsidized group of commuters - those who drive to Manhattan."

Here we present some of the Q&A and highlights of the event.