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Gizmodo: Tear Down I-345

An alert FrontBurnervian points us to a story on Gizmodo about cities that are tearing down highways in their urban cores. What a novel idea! Why is no one talking about this in Dallas? I’m sorry for being sarcastic! Anyway, have a look. As Gizmodo notes:

It seems counterintuitive, right? Rip out eight lanes of freeway through the middle of your metropolis and you’ll be rewarded with not only less traffic, but safer, more efficient cities? But it’s true, and it’s happening in places all over the world. … [B]ut where do all the cars go? It turns out that when you take out a high-occupancy freeway it doesn’t turn the surface streets into the equivalent of the Autobahn. A theory called “induced demand” proves that if you make streets bigger, more people will use them. When you make them smaller, drivers discover and use other routes, and traffic turns out to be about the same.

Gizmodo offers six examples where teardowns have worked. Then it offers a seventh example of a proposed teardown. You got it: I-345.

  • Eric Celeste

    BUT WHERE WILL ALL THE DOG-GAMNED CARS GO, TIM?

  • pr1

    Still the dumbest xxxxxxx idea I have heard in a long time. It will primarily impact commuters coming from Pleasant Grove, Fair Park and South Dallas. I would say this is a racist idea but it also impacts the rednecks commuting in from Mesquite.

  • AeroRazavi

    You mean,

    DESTROY I-345? WE NEED TO DOUBLE-DECK IT OR ELSE:

    – HOW ARE PEOPLE IN CARROLLTON GOING TO GET TO WORK IN WEST PLANO!?!?

    – HOW ARE PEOPLE IN FAIRVIEW GOING TO GET TO WORK IN RICHARDSON?!?!?

    – HOW ARE PEOPLE WHO LIVE SOUTHLAKE GOING TO GET TO COPPELL?!?!

    – HOW ARE PEOPLE IN ROCKWALL GOING TO SEE A RANGERS GAME??!?!

    – HOW ARE PEOPLE IN BURLESON GOING TO GET TO LAS COLINAS!?!?!

  • jawshominy

    What’s the difference between a computer and a woman? A computer will accept a 3.5-inch floppy.

  • Margaret Hunt Hill

    Right into the resulting chasm like so many armor-plated lemmings. When the piles stop burning, we spray paint them silver to match the Deep Ellum sculptures.

  • Ed Woodson

    At this point I must assume I’m just be trolled by the dumb analogies, etc.

  • Ed Woodson

    At this point I’ve got to assume I’m being trolled, given the dumb analogies, etc.

  • Mac

    You’re just figuring this out now? Your productivity level has been plummeting in recent weeks.

  • pr1

    The stupid is strong with this one.

  • RAB

    I agree — but why stop at I-345? I’m with Wick; we should also remove I-30, and while we’re at it, 75.

    Then Dallas would be perfect!

    No, wait. Let’s remove 635. And Northwest Highway. Dallas would then be super awesome.

  • vseslav botkin

    Then you’d have a bunch of Urban Hipsters walking and biking and riding the train and living near downtown and opening stupid boutiques while the True Americans would be marooned in their exurban paradise unable to get to work ever again. NO THANKS OBAMA.

  • BGBG

    pr1,

    I’m assuming it is a joke, because if you’re getting on I-345 to get from Burleson to Las Colinas, you probably shouldn’t be driving in the first place.

  • pr1

    While we are at it, we should tear out Easton Road and Garland Road. They only serve to divide two prominent and historic neighborhoods in east Dallas. And, I personally think they destroy the natural beauty of the White Rock Lake area. Now, it would suck for commuters who live in this area, but imagine how well they would get to know their neighbors driving down all the different residential streets on their commute to work.

    New friends — protect the natural beauty of the White Rock lake area — it’s a win-win for everyone!

  • Alexander

    Easton is way over built, as are Lake Highlands, Jupiter, Shiloh, Centerville, and John West if you’re asking. Houses were torn down on either side of Jupiter to make it the huge, underused boulevard that it is now.

    Much of that $900M in street repairs is to keep up unnecessary lanes on those roads and roads with similar capacity issues. it would be better to reduce the amount of pavement, subsequently reduce our maintenance bill, and turn the land back over to the private sector.

  • cruz z

    They’ll find another way to get to the suburbs.

    But who know… Maybe in the process, Downtown Dallas will THRIVE again….

    and South Dallas may begin to GROW once people realize that they would
    rather live in the South, than have to Commute all the way to the North (Plano).
    Giving Dallas an even BIGGER population…. ???

  • cruz z

    sounds like an Awesome idea.

    leave the Suburbanites in their suburban paradise.

    Give us Bikes, walkability, buses and trains, and boutiques. !

  • cruz z

    People need to quit being scared of Change.

    And City Hall needs to get some Cajones
    and Push this through.

    The Suburban sprawl has gone on long enough.
    It’s time for Dallas to GROW UPWARDS ,
    and to be the Center of the Metropolis.

    Cut off all the Travel-to-work people, so that they find homes near where they live,
    for once, so that the Metroplex, and Dallas can grow in All 4 directions finally.

    South Dallas would Prosper, as well as the East and WEst.

    The North, which isn’t part of Dallas, really, is not Dallas’ problem.

    Drop the freeway. It’s in OUR city, we can do with it as we wish.

    Let the Suburbanites deal with it. Either Move closer to Dallas,
    so you don’t have to travel so far, or ride the hell-traffic
    and enjoy Suburbia. !!!!

  • cruz z

    i meant “find homes near where they Work.”

  • cruz z

    People need to quit being scared of Change.

    And City Hall needs to get some Cajones
    and Push this through.

    The Suburban sprawl has gone on long enough.
    It’s time for Dallas to GROW UPWARDS ,
    and to be the Center of the Metropolis.

    Cut off all the Travel-to-work people, so that they find homes near where they work,
    for once, so that the Metroplex, and Dallas can grow in All 4 directions finally.

    South Dallas would Prosper, as well as the East and WEst.

    The North, which isn’t part of Dallas, really, is not Dallas’ problem.

    Drop the freeway. It’s in OUR city, we can do with it as we wish.

    Let the Suburbanites deal with it. Either Move closer to Dallas,
    so you don’t have to travel so far, or ride the hell-traffic
    and enjoy Suburbia. !!!!