In cities around the world, urban highways have led to adverse effects including displaced communities, worsened air pollution, increased congestion, severed neighbourhoods, and staunched economic development. Realizing that urban highways often cause more harm than good, cities are tearing down elevated viaducts and transforming them into boulevards. Notable examples include the Cheonggyecheon River project in Seoul, South Korea, and the Embarcadero Freeway removal in San Francisco, USA. In choosing whether to build or demolish highways or invest in a holistic mobility strategy that includes bus rapid transit, bikeways, and greenways, cities of the future will need to re-evaluate transport options and their impacts. In this webinar, urbanist Peter J. Park will share key lessons from the demolition of the Park East Freeway in Milwaukee, and explore how alternatives to urban highways can bring about lasting solutions to mobility challenges while improving urban equity and sustainability.
Peter J. Park is a city planner and educator with over 25 years experience in both private and public sectors. Mr. Park teaches at the University of Colorado in Denver and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is also the Director and Owner of Peter J. Park, LLC, a city planning and design consulting practice. Mr. Park previously served as the Planning Director in Milwaukee and Denver and is internationally recognized for leading innovation in transport and land use planning. He has unique perspectives on urban development and regeneration and special expertise especially in the areas of urban highway removal, transit-oriented development, and zoning code reform. Mr Park contributed to The Life and Death of Urban Highways, which re-evaluates the impacts of highways and the effects after demolition.
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