Exit133 is about Tacoma
What does the future hold for the urban freeway? I-81 in Syracuse, a freeway viaduct built right through the middle of downtown, is only a few years from the end of its functional life. Now Syracuse has to decide whether to rebuild it, re-design it, or re-route it around the downtown altogether.
Tacoma has an urban freeway too. Perhaps I-705 isn't on quite the same scale, but it does beg some of the same questions about what an urban freeway does for (or to) the downtown it cuts through. The improved commute times are obvious, but at the cost of a swath of dowtown real estate. In a 2009 Imagine Tacoma, David Boe imagined some potential benefits of knocking down I-705.
Is the improved commute time worth the disruption of downtown Tacoma's urban fabric? Is it an ugly scar or a necessary arterial? Both? Neither? Can we learn anything from the conversation in Syracuse? Read more at The Atlantic Cities