Summarized by Derrick Roach
For better, but usually for worse, highways shape a city's destiny
San Diego CA Union Tribune 15Aug99 C9
By Timothy Egan: New York Times News Service
This article appeared in the Sunday paper of the San Diego Union
Tribune. It is located on the front page of Section H. The article
covers three pages.
It mostly talks about freeway construction in Salt Lake City and freeway
demolition in Milwaukee. (the pro's and con's)
The article starts out....
Salt Lake City - Even a thousand feet above the valley, from the peak
where Brigham Young mapped out his Mormon empire in 1847, one of the
largest public works projects in the nation dominates the briny expanse
of the Great Basin. Two thousand workers are pouring concrete around
the clock, turning six lanes of Interstate 15 into 12 lanes through Salt
Lake City and its suburbs.
And no sooner will the $1.6 billion expansion be completed in two years,
state officials say, when they will need a new, parallel highway to keep
traffic moving along the 100 miles of the Wasatch Mountian front, where
most of Utah's 2.1 million people live.
The Salt Lake metropolitan area is growing by 1,000 acres a month, much
of it to the alarm of Utah's political and business leaders.
The article contains pictures of Salt Lake City as well as quotes from
many notable people. The article basically takes the position that Salt
Lake City is taking the route that Los Angeles, Atlanta and Phoenix took
and is making the same mistakes. Gov. Mike Leavitt is quoted as saying
he has no choice but to build the freeways and is planning a new freeway
that will be called the Legacy Freeway. The article makes mention that
new housing developments are already springing up along the proposed
route of the new freeway.
The article also states - More than most cities in the American West,
Salt lake was carefully planned from inception, its blocks and avenues
plotted with geometric precision, its neighborhoods zoned to reflect
village atmosphere and to enhance the communal economics of the Mormon
In Some ways the city is still like a big small town. But Salt Lake is
on its way to becoming a Phoenix of the Wasatch range, bordered by new
suburbs whose only connection to one another are the highways.
Many facts and figures are quoted.
The metropolitan area is projected to double in size, to more than 800
square miles by 2020, while the population grows by 50%.
The proposed Legacy Highway will ultimately run more than 100 miles,
north and south.
There are 43 remaining dairy farms in the Salt Lake area, all of which
are targeted by developers.
Utah has the nation's highest birth rate, averaging 20 births per 1,000
people in the 1990's, more than double the national average.
The state is projected to add a million people in the next 20 years,
more than 70 percent from births, and 2 million more by 2050. (3 million
over the next 50 years)
The article gives support for not builing additional freeways. It cites
the closure of the Embarcadaro Freeway after the San Francisco
earthquake, the closure of a six lane freeway in Portland, OR and the
West Side Freeway that collapsed in New York. The closure of each of
these main freeways had a positive effect on the surrounding