Skip to Content
Streetsblog California home
Log In
Freeways

‘Freeway Exit’ Podcast Tells San Diego’s Freeway Histories of Growth, Displacement, and Division

Learn the forgotten history of our urban freeway network, and how decades after that network was finished, some communities are still working to heal the wounds that freeways left behind.

9:10 AM PDT on July 13, 2023

Freeway Exit podcast examines the past, present and future of San Diego freeways. (Background photo Allan Ferguson CC)

KPBS Radio's new six-episode podcast series Freeway Exit is a great deep dive on the past, present, and future of San Diego's freeways. The series explores how the federal government heavily funded freeways through San Diego's low-income communities, how old boys networks built freeways, how communities fought back, and how leaders are now calling to decommission harmful projects.

Below is KPBS Radio's blurb describing Freeway Exit, which is available at the NPR website and all the places where podcasts live.

Freeways are not free. We pay for them in all kinds of ways — with our tax dollars, our time, our environment and our health. While freeways have enabled huge amounts of economic growth, they've also caused displacement and division. Learn the forgotten history of our urban freeway network, and how decades after that network was finished, some communities are still working to heal the wounds that freeways left behind. As climate change threatens to wreak havoc on our cities, freeways are not just a part of the problem. They can also be part of the solution.

KPBS

H/t to The War on Cars podcast for showcasing Freeway Exit.

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog California

Mayor Nixes LAPD Pilot to use Lassos on Metro Trains

LAPD got approval from the Police Commission to extend their BolaWrap pilot on Metro in August, but hadn't advised Metro of their plans until after the fact.

October 4, 2023

RSR Bridge Pilot Coming to an End – What’s Next?

There has been pressure from lawmakers and business groups to turn the path on the upper deck into another car lane.

October 4, 2023

Study: Remote Work Isn’t Always A Cure for America’s Driving Addiction

A lot of Americans traded long commutes for short errands during the pandemic — but whether that swap resulted in more or less driving is a consequence of policy choices.

October 4, 2023

Wednesday’s Headlines

Caltrans official demoted for fighting freeway expansion; Highway 37 expansion begins; America doesn't have to be so car-centric; More

October 4, 2023
See all posts