Friday, February 05, 2016

"Rethink 20/59" Apparent Censorship on Facebook

"Re-Think 20/59" concerns the reconstruction of the combined Interstate 20/59 segment in downtown Birmingham, Alabama, which is currently an elevated highway.
The Facebook page for "Re-Think 20/59" includes links to various articles about urban freeways and their histories.

One of these links was for an article appearing in
"Highways Gutted American Cities.  So Why Did We Build Them?" by Joseph Stromberg
A story of highway engineers, institutionalized racism, and the auto industry.

Here are the comments for that posting in the Facebook "Re-Think 20/59" page:
Robert MacKay
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.
Rethink 20/59
Douglas Andrew Willinger
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
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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Here's the effective "security" [censorship] message.

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.:

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