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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Transportation secretary decries damage freeways do to cities

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click to enlarge WHY NOT A MALL? That's the downtown library anchoring the mall at lower left, looking east. Talk of this possibility is increasing. Nice. But not the whole story.
  • WHY NOT A MALL? That's the downtown library anchoring the mall at lower left, looking east. Talk of this possibility is increasing. Nice. But not the whole story.

Shades of 30 Crossing and the vast swath of concrete the Arkansas highway department wants to build through the heart of another wise re-emerging downtown Little Rock:

Several have highly recommended the interview on NPR today between Diane Rehm and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has a message for Americans this week and it’s an unusual one for someone in his position. When the country’s urban freeways were constructed, they were often routed through low income, minority neighborhoods. Instead of connecting us to each other, Foxx says many of these highways were intentionally built to separate us. He says it’s a legacy the country has struggled to address and it’s one Foxx hopes to begin to repair. 
Mills Freeway. Interstate 30. East End. Downtown. White flight suburbs. We have parallels.

The discussion comes recommended by several readers.

Speaking of 30 Crossing: Word continues to surface of some yielding on the part of the Arkansas freeway department on not making a bigger mess of the existing 2nd Street exit downtown. It would be relocated a bit farther south and the dream of a park (mall) stretching from between the Central Arkansas and Clinton libraries might be realized. Nice as that might be, avoiding heavy traffic past the Stephens Inc. building is not the sole purpose or be-all, end-all of the many community groups working to produce a more livable and sustainable route through town than what the highway department has pushed for so long. 



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