This introductory chapter presents the specific aims of this book. It aims to provide a brief history of the conflict over the Westway project, highlighting key individual and organizational players, such as leading citizen opponent Marcy Benstock, who had become instrumental in Westway's defeat. Also relevant here are a number of other aspects of the conflict, as Westway was a multifaceted issue which gained, for various reasons, a sort of legendary status among legal and political commentators. The Introduction therefore addresses the necessity of dispelling the myths surrounding the Westway project, before focusing on Westway's legal and regulatory battles, especially the endgame litigation and political work from roughly 1982 to 1985.
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