Kansas City looking at removing downtown freeway to improve walkability, connectivity | KCUR

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Interstates 35 and 70 were built through Kansas City as part of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956, and were also tied to midcentury "urban renewal" efforts. 

"Where we put highways and where we tore down buildings was all about: We're going to create a city for another generation, but really we just killed it for a generation," says Staub. He’s chair of Kansas City's Parking and Transportation Commission and vice president of the River Market Community Association....

According to a recent study by the Mid-America Regional Council, a lot of Kansas City residents are interested in making downtown more walkable and reconnecting the Central Business District to the River Market and Columbus Park, which also need to be reconnected to each other.

Staub says those areas have been "strangled by the freeway," which he sees as preventing "natural synergies between the neighborhoods."

MoBikeFed comment: Not only would a boulevard be far better for walking, bicycling, and neighborhood connectivity - it would work far better for motor vehicle traffic as well.