Sunday Video: What Happens After A City Removes A Freeway?


Dave Amos of City Beautiful visits Seattle’s waterfront and looks at what is happening as it transforms from having an elevated highway running through it to a new waterfront space. Amos also looks at what other cities have done with highway removals, including Portland and Rochester, and compares that to Seattle’s approach.

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Stephen is an urban planner with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is especially interested in how policies, regulations, and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. Stephen lives in Kenmore and primarily covers land use and transportation issues for The Urbanist.

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Why not more pedestrian bridges over this huge roadway? Seems like a win-win everyone. Any details on ways they’ll be incorporating infrastructure to mediate the impacts of human activity on the water quality? New innovative materials and designs to reduce pollution? Those ugly buildings will definitely change as the project near completion.