Many cities are actually removing (rerouting and even tunneling) interstate highways. They have acknowledge the noise and air pollution. They have realized that rebuilding the communities that the highways divided is not only good for the people but also an economic boost for their cities. Known as Smart growth, these principles and incentives generate residential, retail, and recreational development. Please read on:
- Highway Teardowns Across America - Highways Destroyed America's Cities, The Atlantic, November 25, 2015
- Wikipedia on Freeway Removal, Wikipedia gives a very informative and brief description of freeway removal, including links to 15 cities that have completed removal (13 of which are in the US and Canada) and another 15 cities that are discussing doing so (14 of which are in the US and Canada.)
Other cities are fighting road projects as we are:
- Denver's, Ditch The Ditch
- Great Lakes Watershed, Highway J Citizens Group
- Working to Stop Highway Expansion and Wetland Destruction, Well organized citizens attempting to reduce an old, over-designed project (sound familiar?) into a road improvement.
- Wikipedia on Highway revolts in the United States. Wikipedia collection of 26 states covering 47 state/city/region highway revolts from 1955 to now.