Save the Motorists, Kill a Freeway

The Infrastructurist looks at three cities that have improved traffic flow by getting rid of highways that had no business being built in the first place. Induced demand and a theorem called the Braess Paradox help explain the unexpected outcome. The Infrastructurist reminds us there are lots of good reasons to knock down a highway, like "improving citizen health, restoring the local environment, and energizing the regional economy," and before and after pictures of Seoul, Portland, and San Francisco prove it looks nice too. So what do you think, should we start with the Glendale Freeway? [The Infrastructurist; image courtesy of]

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