Reconnecting Communities: Mitigating Community Harms of Transportation Infrastructure - Metropolitan Planning Council

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Reconnecting Communities: Mitigating Community Harms of Transportation Infrastructure

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In an effort to prepare our region for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Reconnecting Communities grant opportunities, in 2022 the Metropolitan Planning Council conducted research documenting the equity and environmental harm that transportation infrastructure has historically caused in our region. We conducted community engagement to identify potential projects to mitigate those harms. We received over 120 community-generated project ideas ranging from highway caps to complete streets to parks. This report compiles a list of the top 22 project ideas to reconnect communities disrupted by transportation infrastructure.

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