Inside the Push to Tear Down an Oakland FreewayBy Nathanael Johnson | | 27 Comments
Scrapping I-980 seems like a no-brainer, but the historical argument for getting rid of it assumes the freeway is a legacy of mid-century attempts to build barriers around white middle-class neighborhoods. That’s true of several major freeways, but the story of I-980 isn’t so clear cut.
Beyond Pavement: What the Streets Bond Will BuyBy Nathanael Johnson | | 17 Comments
When San Franciscans voted to fix crumbling streets by approving Proposition B, they also approved nearly $90 million for pedestrian, bike, and transit projects. It will give certain Muni lines the power to change traffic signals, and pay for sidewalk improvements and bike lanes. “Prop B gives us the opportunity to really catch up on […]
Repair Bond Will Improve Streets But Doesn’t Solve Underlying ProblemBy Nathanael Johnson | | 14 Comments
Last week San Francisco voters approved a $248 million bond to fix streets, which means the city will soon begin the largest repaving expenditure in its history. For the next three years, San Francisco will spend more than three times the amount it has normally budgeted for street repairs. Ninety million dollars will go to […]