An alert FrontBurnervian points us to a story on Gizmodo about cities that are tearing down highways in their urban cores. What a novel idea! Why is no one talking about this in Dallas? I’m sorry for being sarcastic! Anyway, have a look. As Gizmodo notes:
It seems counterintuitive, right? Rip out eight lanes of freeway through the middle of your metropolis and you’ll be rewarded with not only less traffic, but safer, more efficient cities? But it’s true, and it’s happening in places all over the world. … [B]ut where do all the cars go? It turns out that when you take out a high-occupancy freeway it doesn’t turn the surface streets into the equivalent of the Autobahn. A theory called “induced demand” proves that if you make streets bigger, more people will use them. When you make them smaller, drivers discover and use other routes, and traffic turns out to be about the same.
Gizmodo offers six examples where teardowns have worked. Then it offers a seventh example of a proposed teardown. You got it: I-345.