Eyes on the Street: Grim, Immovable


The BQE, as seen from Lorimer Street.

All this talk about Robert Moses lately leads one to think about the Freeway Revolt.

  • crzwdjk

    San Francisco, in particular, is an interesting case of freeway revolt, where previously built freeways were actually demolished, specifically the Embarcadero Freeway and a section of the Central Freeway, after being damaged by an earthquake. Something similar happened to the original, elevated West Side Highway, though that one was damaged by years of neglect and incompetence.

  • AD

    Last night at the Moses forum, Majora Carter made an excellent case for demapping the Sheridan Expressway.

  • They just posted an article about rehabilitating Robert Moses on http://www.planetizen.com/node/22744. I have posted a comment there, and others might want to do the same. This site is read by about 10,000 planning professionals, so it is a good place to question the current Robert Moses fad.

  • Nicolo Macchiavelli

    In defense of Dwight Eisenhower it should be noted that he never intended his interstate system to go through urban areas. Where the interstates were stopped before cutting through the center of cities development has followed a different course. Cities like Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven along the east coast were devestated and are only now, thanks to Metro North and Amtrak making a comeback of sorts.

  • MD

    Funny you should post this – it was the view I had from a car window last night on my way to a wake in Staten Island. I was thinking about the Moses discussion on Brian Lehrer as I looked at the expressway. I don’t think anyone could sit where I was and defend Moses. The view was absolutely hideous, even worse than the picture.

  • someguy

    God bless Majora, but unfortunately, the vast bulk of stakeholders (Meat/Produce/Seafood market reps, elected officials) in Hunts Point are in favor of keeping the Sheridan. And the SDOT Bruckner-Sheridan EIS analysis of alternatives based on the original stakeholder criteria comes down in favor of keeping it as well. It seems to be an unstoppable force now.

  • Troy Torrison

    How about burying the BQE. I just returned from Madrid in Spain where they’re burying six major freeways that cross through their city. It needn’t be as expensive as the stupidly done big dig in the case of the BQE it should pay for iteself. The value of that real estate in the long run will be paid for many times over by a toll tunnel that would replace it. These elevated roads in our cities are relics. They’re dead places. Monuments to a failed policy concocted by people who saw cities as things to pass through on the way to somewhere worthwhile. Please Mr. Mayor, bring in the tunnel boring machines. Replace all our elevated roads with toll supported tunnels. And demand a huge increase in money for mass transit.

  • ABG

    In this article, Brian Ketcham seems to be arguing that the BQE under the Brooklyn Heights Promenade should just be torn down and not replaced. Presumably he’s not suggesting that the Promenade be torn down as well. Am I reading him right?


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