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Syracuse, N.Y., and other U.S. cities are rethinking urban freeways
Syracuse, N.Y., and other U.S. cities are rethinking urban freeways

Half a century ago, engineers constructed a massive elevated highway through the center of this industrial city to quickly funnel traffic from downtown to the growing suburbs to the north. Now, Van Robinson wants to make it disappear. "We need to tear this thing down," he said, standing on a street corner near Interstate 81, as some of the 95,000 vehicles that pass over this highway every day zoomed noisily overhead. "Now is the time to do something that will make our great-great-grandchildren say, 'Hey, those were smart people.'" Federal and state transportation officials say the highway, completed in 1969, is reaching the end of its useful life,...

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