Top 5 Stories This Week (Feb. 20-24, 2017)

Here's what got the most reads during our week focused on the proposed I-49 highway in Shreveport, LA:

Shreveport's Highways at a Crossroads

by Jennifer Hill, February 20, 2017

For the past seven years, a David & Goliath struggle has taken place in Shreveport—Louisiana’s third largest city—over a proposal to build a 3.6 mile long innercity connector (ICC) for Interstate 49 North. 

The Economics of the I-49 Connector: Part I and Part II

by Charles Marohn, February 20 & 22, 2017

An official report on the economic impacts of the proposed highway details three ways in which the project will provide economic benefits to Shreveport. In this series, we delve into what's wrong with those arguments. (Part III coming soon.)

The History of Urban Freeways: Who Counts?

by Daniel Herriges, February 21, 2017

The only problem this highway project seeks to solve is, "How do we move more vehicles through Shreveport?" The perspective of residents whose neighborhood would be destroyed by the highway seems to count for nothing.

Who Supports this Inner-City Highway and Why?

by Rachel Quednau, February 23, 2017

Here's what Shreveport residents are saying in support of the I-49 inner city highway and why their arguments are flawed.

A "Hand Up" Through Housing

by Rachel Quednau, February 22, 2017

The Fuller Center for Housing has helped dozens of Allendale families build and own their own homes and they have high hopes for the neighborhood. But until the I-49 connector is put to rest, investment in the area will be stifled.

(Top photo of an Allendale neighborhood event in SWEPCO park, by Robert and Talbot Trudeau)

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