27 July 2015

Southeast Wisconsin Freeway Megaprojects

Politico (not the usual news source for this blog) has a lengthy story on the Southeast Wisconsin Freeway Megaprojects. Wisconsin is spending billions of dollars as part of a concerted effort to improve highways around Milwaukee. News outlets often treat highways as a universal good while planning outlets have a more mixed perspective. Politico has split the difference, which may seem odd to its readers:
“It’s an all-out war on urbanism,” says John Norquist, who spent 16 years fighting freeways as Milwaukee’s mayor and then a decade running the Congress for the New Urbanism. “Cities are seen as obstacles to getting cars and trucks to move faster. Transit is seen as the ultimate expression of Marxism. And you know, road builders give a lot of money to politicians.”

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