Citybeat has an column by Joe Wessels on highway widening. He concludes:
Highways are expensive to build, and when we maintain them properly they’re expensive to keep up. Highways also are bad for the environment. The cars that drive on them spew harmful pollutants into the air.
Generations behind mine see cars as inconveniences more than a symbol of freedom and independence. Good public transit makes much more sense to them, not just in cleaner air but in less congestion and more concentrated population centers that translate into better shopping, entertainment and nightlife, less crime and fewer auto accidents.
That’s the future, not more highway lanes and more traffic.