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WATCH: Reversing what highways have done to cities like Rochester

Sep 16, 2018

Something happened starting in the 1950s that initially promised jobs and economic stimulation for US cities like Rochester. But these promises weren’t without their share of downsides. The “interstate boom” in the latter half of the 20th century had a dark side still being felt in cities today. Close-knit communities in some urban areas were divided, wounded, and in a number of cases, destroyed. Understanding how this happened, the local impact, and current efforts to fix the damage done is the focus of Reconnect Rochester’s upcoming RAZED\RISE event. On this edition of Need to Know we discuss pros and cons infrastructure projects of the past and lessons to be learned for the future.