Challenges of redesigning transportation infrastructure to meet urban needs:
How has the Sheridan Expressway reshaped the South Bronx?
The Sheridan Expressway, opened to car traffic in 1963, cut across the South Bronx, isolating the Hunts Point Peninsula and contributing to deteriorating property values and the residents diminished access to city services. Now the Sheridan Redevelopment Project aims to address all these issues, but will it be successful?
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As a result of the historic economic hardship, which was caused by years of social, racial, and political discrimination, Mayor Cuomo undertook a project to redesign the Sheridan Expressway, also referred to as Arthur Sheridan Enhancement Project. This project includes downsizing the interstate highway so that it consists of only one street-level road, which Cuomo believes should improve the economic and environmental conditions of the South Bronx. This case study analyzes the historical progress of the South Bronx, the community’s perception of the Sheridan Expressway and its redesign, and potential trade-offs related to the scope of the project.