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Why Toronto Should Tear Down Its Urban Expressway

Removing an elevated city highway doesn’t always make traffic worse—some cars just disappear.
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Today the Toronto City Council will debate the fate of the Gardiner Expressway—a mile-long stretch of elevated road that cuts through the city. Local sentiments seem roughly split at the moment. The lead city planner, who’d like to replace the segment with a surface boulevard, has pushed for the Gardiner’s removal. The mayor is backing a “hybrid” option, essentially keeping the structure in place, for fear that commuters will suffer too much in its absence.

[UPDATE: The council voted 24 to 21 for the “hybrid” option, though those on the removal side said they’d continue to fight.]