Friday, October 30, 2015

Washingtonian Freudian Slip

"Rendering of the Three Sisters Bridge, which would have linked with interstates and erased three well-known areas of DC. Photograph courtesy of DDOT."

hyperbole article "The Insane Highway Plan That Would Have Bulldozed DC’s Most Charming Neighborhoods" by Harry Jaffe | October 21, 2015


The Three Sisters Bridge would have "erased" zero neighborhoods.

The outright 'de-mappings' of the Washington, D.C. freeways system was not about saving neighborhoods. 

The plans underwent serious revisions, most notably with the cross town I-66 North Leg, replacing the 1955 plan for a new swath along U Street, with a tunnel under K Street that was promoted by opponents to the earlier plans.

The outright 'de-mappings' were based upon specious 'reasoning'.

Rather it was about keeping freeways further away from major religious institution properties, to wit, Jesuit Georgetown University with the Three Sisters Bridge, as well as Catholic University of America, with the indisputably needed North Central Freeway.

1 comment:

Douglas Andrew Willinger said...

The Washintonian appears afraid of this reply of mine:

douglasawillinger Citizen • 15 hours ago Hold on, this is waiting to be approved by The Washingtonian.

Pure hyperbole. The plans underwent vast evolution to reduce the footprint, and with tunnels to further reduce impacts.

And we built the transit system that had been planned to compliment, not replace the planned freeways.

What we got are highways that extend outwards anyway, and a traffic burden disproportionately upon poorer areas east of the Anacostia, based upon non arguments about the world running out of petro by the 1990s somehow rendering automobiles obsolete, all for the sake of keeping the freeways away from keep Roman Catholic Church properties.