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.
Most cities' "traffic problems" are actually problems with the qualitative experience of traffic, not with simple travel time or delay. Perhaps we need a "Traffic Frustration Index" instead of a Traffic Congestion Index.
Highway project proponents convert very small amounts of time savings into cash equivalents to show all the benefit a project is creating. In the case of the I49 connector, it barely even passes this phony test.
Despite growing repair needs and the ever-more-apparent futility of addressing congestion through road expansion, the U.S. still spends vast sums of money to build new highways and widen existing ones.