This chapter maps out the origins of the Westway plan, by tracing the key events that led to its inception as well as initial reception to the project. The Westway plan was triggered on a local level by the crumbling infrastructure of the elevated West Side Highway (also known as the Miller Highway), which made a transportation fix inevitable. Planners and city officials quickly began to look at ways to link highway replacement with major development. The other key event in this story happened years earlier, when the federal government in the post-New Deal era became centrally involved in funding construction of interstate highways. The prospect of federal dollars that could underwrite substantial local patronage and fund urban improvements encouraged cities like New York to think big but at little local cost.
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