Highways to Boulevards Video Contest


Check out the latest video in our Highways to Boulevards series about the I-35 in Austin. Local leader Sinclair Black is gaining ground with a proposed "cut and cap" for the highway, which bisects Austin's downtown.

What’s your ideal for the Freeway-without-a-Future in your community? Learn about new visions for a future free of urban highways!

In 2012-2013, CNU held a contest for engaging, short videos (three-minute max) on urban highways from around the world. CNU heard from aspiring filmmakers, urban enthusiasts, and citizen activists that described the impact urban highways have in their communities. We learned from local voices about the alternatives they envision for the space instead of a highway. Below are notable winners from the Highways-to-Boulevards Video Contest!

2013 Winners

First prize was awarded to the students of Joseph S. Clark Preparatory High School for their video entitled "Splitting the Tremé: I-10 in the Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans". The students collaborated with Darcy McKinnon at the New Orleans Video Access Center to produce their video.

Anna Blatto and Christine Schultz won second prize for their video of "The Kensington Expressway in Buffalo". Anna and Christine are rising seniors at the City Honors High School in Buffalo.

For his video on IH-35 in Austin, Sinclair Black won third prize. You can learn more about the campaign to cut and cap the IH-35 here: http://reconnectaustin.com

The jury awarded honorable mentions to the following contestants:

  • Daniel Davis, Robert Moses Parkway in Niagara Falls, New York,
  • Livable Streets Alliance, McCarthy Overpass on the McGrath Highway in Somerville, Massachusetts; and,
  • Timothy Reidy, IInterstate 787 in the City of Albany, New York.
  • The Highways to Boulevards Video Contest has been made possible by the generous support of the Ford Foundation and the members of the Congress for the New Urbanism.