Freeways to Real Estate, the Circle of Life

Urban Land Institute bumps their head on the road to Damascus, realizing, “hey, there might be opportunity in this,” detailing the top 10 (and really, only 10) Highway Removal projects on-going in these here United States. The article even has a Dallas mention as “thinking about it,” which I presume is regarding 175 and Dead Man’s Curve.

Because of this article and arming myself with plenty of defense for the obvious questions to arrive whenever an idea threatens to disrupt everybody’s daily lives, I took a look back through comments of larger media outlets when they bring up the very idea of highway removal. The response is typically along the lines of “PREPOSTEROUS!” I won’t go so far as to call these people idiots, so ignorant will suffice. And when they point to their reliable gotcha question of “where would the traffic go?” LA Carmageddon was kind enough to provide the answer in a contemporary context. It finds other ways to get around. Or it doesn’t at all. And that is for temporary closings.
The highway along with cheap gas prices (which first socialist President Michelle Bachmann promises to set arbitrarily at $2/gallon) allowed for destinations to spread apart, often severing irrevocably the bonds of community. And that was when the cost of road construction was paid back in return thru cannibalistic development. Since building the freeways that made in-town living undesirable and out-of-town living (and commuting) viable, tax base fled to the point where we can’t maintain the roads and infrastructure we built. Insult to injury, the elevated freeways of concrete reinforced by steel is literally corroding each other to the point that driving on them much longer is closer to a game of Russian Roulette than it is to a casual Sunday drive.