Undoing the Damage of Urban Freeways

Undoing the Damage of Urban Freeways

Event Contact

  • Jared DeWese
  • Senior Communications Advisor
  • jdewese@thirdway.org
  • Transportation investments shape our communities — not always for the better. For decades, transportation planners invested in urban freeways that destroyed many communities of color. Recently, the Department of Transportation halted a planned expansion of I-45 in Houston, a project that would have displaced not only families, homes, and businesses but historic Black and brown communities.

    Changing the way we invest in transportation is part of how we'll make the U.S. more equitable. The new American Jobs Plan presents a once-in-a-century opportunity to do that — if we do it right.

    On Tuesday, April 20, join us for Undoing the Damage of Urban Freeways, a digital event featuring a conversation with Former US Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, followed by two panels of experts examining the lasting impact of urban freeways and discussing how our next infrastructure investments must be different. Join the event to hear from leading experts in the field:

    SPEAKERS:

    Former US Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Lyft's Chief Policy Officer & Senior Advisor to the President & CEO

    Ryan Fitzpatrick, Director of the Climate and Energy Program, Third Way

    Representative Nikema Williams (D-GA)

    Jared DeWese, Senior Communications Advisor for the Climate and Energy Program, Third Way

    Mayor Ben Walsh, City of Syracuse, New York

    Former Mayor John Norquist, City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Beth Osborne, Director, Transportation for America

    Moderated by: Tanya Snyder, Reporter, Politico

    Molly Cook, RN, Stop TxDOT I-45, Houston

    Keith Baker, Executive Director of Reconnect Rondo, St. Paul

    Amy Stelly, Claiborne Avenue Alliance, New Orleans

    Moderated by: Alex Laska, Transportation Policy Advisor, Third Way