04 Apr '11, 6pm

Seoul tears down an urban highway and the city can breathe again

Seoul tears down an urban highway and the city can breathe again

This downtown green space in Seoul was once a looming, congested elevated freeway. Photo: Kyle Nishioka Cross-posted from Sightline's Daily Score blog . As a sustainability-loving transportation planner, I was thrilled to learn that Dr. Kee Yeon Hwang would be visiting Vancouver and talking about the project that has made Seoul, Korea a legend in urban planning circles: the Cheonggyecheon Restoration Project . What he and his colleagues accomplished -- tearing down a busy, elevated freeway, re-daylighting the river that had been buried beneath it, and creating a spectacular downtown green space, all in under two and a half years -- is nothing short of amazing, not because it actually worked (there was plenty of evidence from other cities to suggest that it could), but because they were able to get public support for it. It's the stuff urban planners dream about -- not to m...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/infrastructure/2011-04-04-seoul-kore...

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