Matt Casale Recent Posts STREETSBLOG USA Boondoggle: Portland Takes a Step Backward By Gideon Weissman and Matt Casale | Jun 28, 2019 Portland has made bold moves toward becoming a good place to get around without a car. But it's about to make a huge mistake in the Rose Quarter. STREETSBLOG USA Highway Boondoggles: Chicago’s Congestion Magnet By Gideon Weissman and Matt Casale | Jun 25, 2019 The Tri-State Tollway through the western Chicago suburbs to O’Hare Airport is a testament to the fact that you can’t build your way out of congestion. STREETSBLOG USA Highway Boondoggle: Golden State’s Desert Destruction By Gideon Weissman and Matt Casale | Jun 24, 2019 California's $8-billion, 63-mile “High Desert Freeway" north of downtown Los Angeles would lead to more driving and more pollution, along with sprawling desert development. STREETSBLOG USA Highway Boondoggles: Madness in Michigan By Gideon Weissman and Matt Casale | Jun 21, 2019 The Great Lakes State is undertaking to expand the capacity of Interstate 75 — a project that is both unnecessary and will exacerbate the region’s problems. STREETSBLOG USA Highway Boondoggles: Tar Heel State’s Road Expansion Disaster By Gideon Weissman and Matt Casale | Jun 20, 2019 It's the first of nine installments! This edition focuses on North Carolina’s plan to complete the southern half of a loop highway around Raleigh. It's a boondoggle with epic environmental repercussions. STREETSBLOG USA Highway Boondoggles 2019: Nine Projects That Should Never Happen By Gideon Weissman and Matt Casale | Jun 18, 2019 Here's the thing with highway expansion projects: They're big. They're expensive. And they have limited benefit. Our friends at US PIRG present their annual report. STREETSBLOG USA Highway Boondoggles: US 101 Expansion in San Mateo, California By Matt Casale and Gideon Weissman | Jul 2, 2018 Caltrans has widened U.S. 101 seven times since 1996 and hasn't cured congestion. But it's not going to try a new approach.