The Real Problem of the Highway

The Real Problem of the Highway

You probably woke up today to an Interregional Highway 35 choked with cars and caked in soot emissions, a resonant cacophony shaking the bones of passers-by.  Along its frontage roads, crumbling sidewalks callously underscore the apparent disdain in which the Texas Department of Transportation holds the people and homes who struggle to navigate its shadows.  And you’ll probably wake up to it tomorrow.

IH35 can have a better future if the will exists to design it for the use of the people of Austin rather than the cars of Austin.  The real problem of IH35 through central Austin lies not in its throughput capacity but in how it cuts off east-west movement and how its frontage roads antagonize the movements of the city by failing in every measure to be local streets. 

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Lessons Learned from Route 755

Lessons Learned from Route 755

The City of Saint Louis… and the Missouri State Highway Department… have long recognized Route 755 as a key part of the transportation plan necessary for the revitalization of the City.  Construction of the freeway… will relieve serious traffic flow restrictions at the present interchange of I-44 and I-55, on north-south City arterials, on residential streets, and I-70—I-55 downtown.  The existing freeway system was designed with Route 755 as in integral part of the overall system to handle the area’s anticipated future traffic growth.  Without this vital link, the entire system is inadequate and cannot function as planned.

Hidden in the downtown St. Louis landscape are subtle hints of a history that did not come to pass.

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A View From Mueller

A View From Mueller

A View from Mueller
Brendan V. Wittstruck

Of all the islands he'd visited, two stood out.  The island of the past, he said, where the only time was past time and the inhabitants were bored and more or less happy, but where the weight of illusion was so great that the island sank a little deeper into the river every day.  And the island of the future, where the only time was the future, and the inhabitants were planners and strivers, such strivers, said Ulises, that they were likely to end up devouring one another.

Roberto Bolaño, The Savage Detectives

By the time I first set foot on the quieted runways of the Robert Mueller Municipal Airport, the jets crossed overhead, unconcerned, going about their now customary business at the Bergstrom Airport to the southeast. It was 2005, and ...

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