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New Blog Focuses on Tearing Down the “Highway to Nowhere”

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Sheridan Swap is a new blog covering the Mother of All Livable Streets projects -- the long-running campaign to convert one mile of little-used highway running along the Bronx River into affordable housing, parkland, greenway and economic opportunity for one of the city's most beleaguered neighborhoods. The blog is run by the Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance. The state, it seems, is getting ready to weigh in on the merits of the project:

The New York State Department of Transportation announced last monththat it will weigh the costs and benefits of its plan to expand theSheridan Expressway against a Community Vision for the highway's removal and redevelopment.

TheCommunity Vision, which includes decommissioning the Sheridan andreplacing it with affordable housing, open space, and new economicdevelopment opportunities, will be included in NYSDOT's Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed expansion.

Ifthe analysis finds that the Community Vision makes more economic andenvironmental sense than the expansion proposal, NYSDOT will be hardpressed to move forward with its plan to stretch the Sheridan southinto Hunts Point.

Check back soon for updates on the DEIS process. In the meantime, check out what Wikipedia has to say about Environmental Impact Statements.

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