Robert MacKay The road system in NYC keeps the public away from the riverfronts, but it is hard to imagine moving the volume of traffics through the city center. They do serve a purpose of speeding up car transit, but they also make it possible to never go "into town". And.certainly to avoid certain neighborhoods. But if the inner cities didn't have problems to avoid, there would be not much reason to avoid them.Douglas Andrew Willinger A good article though a bit overly simplified that overlooks how many such highways could have been somewhat rerouted while still being well within the urbanized areas, such as with a great use of existing lightly developed railroad-industrial corridor and box tunnels.
Douglas Andrew Willinger Read this to see how perverting the route of a proposed highway was used to stop it from being constructed along a railroad corridor next to CUA in Washington D.C.:
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Apparently that article from my blog "A Trip Within The Beltway" about the Washington, D.C. freeways, "A Crafted Controversy: The Scuttling of J.F.K.'s B&O North Central Freeway", which details the planning manipulations of Interstate 95 via the railroad industrial corridor favored by the Administration of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, to subvert support for such a route by Catholic University of America struck a raw nerve.
If we are to discuss "highway engineers, institutionalized racism", etc, why not discuss the details of such planning so designed to make the routing far more intrusive than necessary, simply to manipulate opposition for the sake of keeping such highways far away from the properties of some of the wealthiest and most influential entities?
A further suggested read about this phenomenon regarding the history of politically corrupted planning within Washington, D.C.: