Decades of Highway Construction and Community Destruction
February 1, 2023
Livable Communities Newsletter
Publications & Resources
Before the Highway
When the interstate highway system was created in the mid-20th century, the routes isolated or destroyed urban neighborhoods nationwide, particularly those with predominantly Black or poor populations. Seven older adults who lived in those places share their memories and observations.
READ THEIR STORIES
Decades of Construction and Destruction
America’s interstate highway system was created by bulldozing through thousands of homes, businesses and neighborhoods. The impact of those losses continues to this day.
READ THE HISTORY
Livability News & Notes
New Hope for an Overlooked Place
— Miami’s Overtown neighborhood was a thriving Black community — until I-95 was built directly through and on top of it. More than a half-century later, efforts are underway to transform the desolate spaces and dark corridors between and beneath the highway into an active, attractive public green space.
Complete Streets Are Safer Streets
— Among the consequences of building a highway through a community is that the local roads become faster, wider and busier, too. Complete Streets policies consider the needs of all users. In 2021, Congress directed the U.S. Department of Transportation to develop design models for “completing” more of the nation’s roadways.
Federal Highway Administration
2023 Equity Summit
— All are invited to join this three-day virtual gathering, starting on February 7, of thought leaders and practitioners who are working to improve and prioritize racial equity. (“No-questions-asked” free tickets are available.)
Smart Growth America
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2023 AARP Community Challenge
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