15 Jun '11, 1pm

Repairing our broken cities by transforming infrastructure

A few blocks from where I live in Brooklyn looms the Gowanus Expressway, part of the urban interstate building boom of the 1950s that gutted so many American cities. Crossing underneath its moldering hulk is intimidating and depressing. No one likes to do it. Carroll Gardens, the neighborhood to the north of the expressway, is doing well, with new residential and retail development creeping right up to the edge of its shadow (although I'm not optimistic about the day spa someone just opened a half block away) But to the south, in Red Hook, the devastation in the immediate vicinity of the road remains nearly complete -- even though parts of that neighborhood away from the expressway have revived. It is an urban planning failure of the highest order, and it is one that is replicated all over the country. You probably have something similar in your own city. There has been en...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/infrastructure/2011-06-15-repairing-...

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