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Fighting Westway: Environmental Law, Citizen Activism, and the Regulatory War That Transformed New York City

William W. Buzbee


From 1971 to 1985, battles raged over Westway, a multibillion-dollar highway, development, and park project slated for placement in New York City. It would have projected far into the Hudson River, including massive new landfill extending several miles along Manhattan's Lower West Side. The most expensive highway project ever proposed, Westway also provoked one of the highest stakes legal battles of its day. This book reveals how environmentalists, citizens, their lawyers, and a growing opposition coalition, despite enormous resource disparities, were able to defeat this project supported by p ... More

Keywords: Westway, New York City, stakes legal battle, environmental risks, transit improvement, environmental laws, citizen activists

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780801451904
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451904.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William W. Buzbee, author
Professor of Law, Emory University School of Law