March 11, 2020 - Adding lanes for “traffic relief” remains politically popular. But in Houston and Portland, highway expansions are facing an energized — and effective — local resistance.

March 5, 2020 - "Those who live, work and drive in the Houston area are painfully familiar with the futility of the highway-widening solution."

February 24, 2020 - Monday marks the first time traffic-clogged Houston has a transportation planner, a position officials said will coordinate mobility issues around the city.

January 28, 2020 - On Tuesday, dozens of protesters addressed city council to increase political pressure against the expansion.

January 21, 2020 - A new survey of mayors finds a big disconnect between what mayors want in terms of street design and what they’re actually willing to support to make it happen.

January 17, 2020 - Bike lanes and transit are important, yes. But keeping car trips short is also a major factor in Streetlight Data’s U.S. Transportation Climate Impact Index.

January 17, 2020 - Transportation is a top contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, but the worst offenders aren't congested cities like New York and San Francisco. Instead, it's sprawling, car-dependent metros like Dallas and Houston, a new analysis finds.

January 8, 2020 - Shifting transportation priorities in Texas will phase out expansive road development in the near future, Gov. Greg Abbott predicted Wednesday in a speech to the Rotary Club of San Antonio. 


December 25, 2019

December 17, 2019

December 17, 2019 - Where will the traffic go? Who owns the land? All this and more was discussed at a happy hour panel at the D Magazine offices.

October 31, 2019 - After months of not speaking, TxDOT and the city unveil their plans for a critical stretch of Interstate 30. This is what can happen when a city stands up for itself!

October 20, 2019 - This city’s south side was devastated when a highway section went up. Now that there’s talk of taking it down, residents think they should be protected — and compensated.

October 11, 2019 - Historic black neighborhoods like Independence Heights and the Fifth Ward are in the crosshairs of Houston highway plans, decades after expressways separated communities from the rest of the city.

September 26, 2019 - “We’d rather see the freeway flood than the homes.” - Rebecca Reyna, executive director of the Greater Northside Management District

September 25, 2019 - Taking a cursory look at two radically different transportation plans for Houston, TX shows how the default position of federal transportation policy is to increase driving.

September 16, 2019 - Strong Towns offers a look into the playbook civil engineers use to thwart public will and ruin public places.

September 6, 2019 - "Here’s how to make I-45 better: first, fix the parts that need repair, without making them any wider. At the same time, introduce congestion-based pricing on the entire roadway to maximize its capacity around the clock. Invest the proceeds in transit, biking, walking, and in those poor people who truly have no choice but to keep driving."

September 3, 2019 - Urban traffic congestion is growing dramatically, according to a new report. So why aren’t drivers taking longer to get to work?

August 21, 2019 - There are ways to solve congestion that don't involve adding onto freeways.

July 30, 2019 - A new working paper on the 'freeway revolts' of yesteryear sheds light on what's at stake locally in the latest highway project.

July 26, 2019 - "Mattress Mack, Judge Lina Hidalgo join dozens in protest of I-45 expansion funding"

July 26, 2019 - "...the go-ahead from the H-GAC Transportation Policy Council fell well short of full-throated support."

July 23, 2019 - "After the approval of $100 million towards the project, community activists say the current I-45 plan generates too much pain for mostly poor, mostly minority Houstonians."

July 23, 2019 - Community leaders gathered in front of Bruce Elementary School to request regional leaders to delay vote on $100 million down payment for I-45 expansion.

July 13, 2019 - Recommendations include: build a fast regional transit system, optimize lanes and price congestion, expand greenways to everyone, protected bikeways to every neighborhood, and build sidewalks.

June 24, 2019 - Sheila Jackson-Lee and David Price speak on NHHIP's impact to historic Independence Heights and on funding for bicycle and pedestrian facilities in Houston. (Video starts at Rep. Jackson-Lee's comments.)

June 18, 2019 - The dubious distinction on the list comes days before two city-sponsored public meetings to gauge ongoing fears about the project.

June 14, 2019 - How many negative effects are acceptable in one neighborhood for other people’s faster commutes?

June 13, 2019 - Advocacy Director Jessica Wiggins warns, "More people will die on bikes, in cars, walking, and otherwise if the design standards stay as they are. Specifically frontage roads need to be abandoned."

January 28, 2019 - City leaders have called the $1.3-billion redo one of the city's biggest transportation priorities and a key battleground in a fight between regional mobility and neighborhood-centric ideals.


June 20, 2014 - "For as much as U.S. metros have grown over the past few decades, commute times have remained oddly stable."

June 17, 2014 - New roads will create new drivers, resulting in the intensity of traffic staying the same. 

Long Reads and Long Watches

March 2020 - How more lanes and more money equals more congestion. Read the 37-page report.

February 12, 2020 - In a 1-hour video, traffic engineer Don Kostelec explores the reasons for road widening and the consequences of having wide roads.

September 11, 2019 - Watch this guy play Cities:Skylines, discussing community impacts as he builds a new freeway.


June 13, 2019 - See link to full report at end of press release.

September 24, 2010 - The Sprawl Repair Manual demonstrates a step-by-step design process for the re-balancing and re-urbanization of suburbia into more sustainable, economical, energy- and resource-efficient patterns, from the region and the community to the block and the individual building.