lifeonfoot: Credit: Andy Singer
This is too true. So many historic, walkable downtown areas across the US were plowed over with highways in the second half of the 20th century to accommodate car commuters.
It happened here in Atlanta with the downtown connector that ravaged the connectivity of the center of the city, most notably in the Sweet Auburn district. Here it is under construction in a 1962 photo:
It’s high time to stop laying down asphalt across the land for car-dependent commuters and start planning for walkable neighborhoods and transportation alternatives. Progress has been made, but more needs to be done.