Removing Freeways - Restoring Cities

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Tear It Down!
by John Norquist

Portland, OR:
Harbor Drive

San Francisco, CA:
Embarcadero Freeway

San Francisco, CA:
Central Freeway

Milwaukee, WI:
Park East Freeway

Toronto, Ontario: Gardiner Expressway

New York, NY:
West Side Highway

Niagara Falls, NY:
Robert Moses Parkway

Paris, France:
Pompidou Expressway

Seoul, South Korea
Cheonggye Freeway

Other Freeway Removals

Freeway Removal
Plans and Proposals

From Induced Demand
to Reduced Demand
by Charles Siegel




The Movement Has Begun

Demolishing San Francisco's Central Freeway

Demolishing San Francisco's Central Freeway

This site includes:

  • The stories of freeway removals that have already been completed.

For more information about current battles to remove freeways, see the Congress for the New Urbanism's Highways to Boulevards page. And see the planetizen essay Removing Urban Freeways by Charles Siegel.

If you have any information about freeway removals or any "before" pictures of freeways that have already been removed, please contact us at

Photograph copyright 2007 by Charles Siegel

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