The Death and Life of Great American Highways

August 10, 2018

Clement Fung

In signing the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956, the US government allocated $26 billion towards the construction of a national interstate system that would not only run from coast to coast, but connect directly into the downtown cores of major cities, re-uniting the country and bringing Americans together. Instead, what happened was, well... a bunch of sketchy and unforeseen stuff. Let's start in the 1910s and move forward in time, discussing why highways are being removed today, how they have been used and abused, and lastly how one of the biggest earthquakes in US modern history ended up saving a city's waterfront.