Big Dig's Big Bad Example
Noah Bierman, in the Boston Globe piece, 'No Big Dig Copycats' notes that the $15 billion dollar tunnel has led cities around the nation to look for lower cost, less disruptive solutions.
Bierman reviews the Big Dig impact on Seattle's decision with what to do with the Alaskan Way Viaduct.
"Seattle, like a growing number of cities around the country, is looking at taking down its elevated highway structure and replacing it with - nothing. The idea is to slow traffic in the city on ground-level streets, reclaim the waterfront, and let drivers who want to bypass downtown use another route."
"If you have eight different possible routes, the traffic will redistribute itself," said Cary Moon, director of the People's Waterfront Coalition in Seattle, which has been leading the campaign to get rid of the overpass, the Alaskan Way Viaduct, and add more public transit in its place.
The article also touches on the freeway teardown successes of San Francisco, Milwaukee, and Seoul South Korea.
Bierman also talked with John Norquist about Milwaukee and CNU's freeway teardown initiative. "Norquist argues strenuously that successful cities are not built on their lack of traffic congestion. He offers Detroit as an example of a city that has defeated congestion, but has yet to recover from its economic problems." "The thing that makes Boston valuable isn't its fast traffic," [Norquist] said. "The thing that makes Boston is its complexity."
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