PBS Zombie Highway Story Online

If you missed Monday’s Blueprint America story on the proposed Northern Beltline, you can watch it online here.  Although there is a brief visual of the route, no one points out that this supposed completion of the I-459 loop doesn’t come close to I-459 on the east side.

The follow-up story on Birmingham’s underfunded public transit system did not air as scheduled on Tuesday night, so if you want to see it, leave a comment at the link or give feedback here (choose Programming Inquiries).

6 Responses to “PBS Zombie Highway Story Online”

  1. ttownfeen says:

    It’s not a completion of 459 (it will have a new route number, I think 422), but I don’t see why that’s a problem. It’s supposed to be a bypass around the north side of Birmingham so the traffic to and from interstate 22 and 65N don’t have to enter the metro area.

  2. Kathy says:

    Really? The Birmingham News described it just last week as the completion of the 459 loop. If you’re interested in why the route is problematic, watch the linked story (it’s less than 10 minutes) and read here and here.

  3. ttownfeen says:

    Technically, the story you linked described the northern loop as the completion of the loop started by 459. It’s all a matter of semantics. All the other stuff is just standard environmentalist huffing and puffing.

  4. Kathy says:

    Yeah, who cares about air and water quality or the people who will lose family homes?

  5. ttownfeen says:

    Oh please. There’s plenty of land and water to go around.

  6. Sansou says:

    “There’s plenty of land and water to go around.”
    Maybe you’ve never seen any of the articles dealing with water shortages around the world. Here’s just one: http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/aug2002/2002-08-28-06.asp

    It’s not just enviros who are saying this. I’m not even convinced of global warming, but I DO know that water can’t filter through parking lots or rooftops. Therefore, even though Alabama has a gracious plenty of waterways, we’re paving over the surrounding land that would capture and filter rainwater to replenish the streams. Instead, rain is going down storm drains.

    So, yeah, we’ve “plenty” of waterways, but not as much undeveloped land as we used to which used to “recharge” our rivers and lakes and bayous.

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