While I was in grad school, I realized that [...] my job would be to get cars from Point A to Point B as soon as possible, regardless of the consequences for human beings and their communities. Then I started realizing this profession I was part of was really operating in a vacuum.
— Ashwat Anandanarayanan

That realization leads Ashwat to join 1000 Friends of Wisconsin, an organization promoting land use policies and activities that advance healthy communities, positive economic outcomes and environmental benefits in Wisconsin. 

In this presentation from our 2017 Summit in Tulsa, OK, Ashwat discusses his organization's work to fight expensive and wasteful highway projects using legal action and community organizing. His talk is an inspiration for communities across the nation facing similar transportation funding shortfalls and a need to prioritize maintenance over new construction.

Watch all our videos from the 2017 Summit here.

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