Dis­man­tling urban free­ways — €”replacing ele­vated viaducts of steel and con­crete with parks and boule­vards — €”is hap­pening in so many places, it’€™s like an unspoken national urban policy. We’ve reached a unique point in city-​​building when the destruc­tion of a public works project has all the glamour and buzz of breaking ground on a new one.

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