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Fighting WestwayEnvironmental Law, Citizen Activism, and the Regulatory War That Transformed New York City$
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William W. Buzbee

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451904

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451904.001.0001

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(p.7) 1 The Westway Plan

(p.7) 1 The Westway Plan

(p.7) 1 The Westway Plan
Fighting Westway

William W. Buzbee

Cornell University Press

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.

Keywords:   Westway plan, West Side Highway, Miller Highway, transportation fix, interstate highways, urban development, federal funding, urban improvements

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