Diana Lind poses a challenge: let’s re-imagine the future of urban transportation and tear-down highways that cut through our cities. Lind’s talk discusses how forward-thinking cities have dismantled highway infrastructure — building vibrant public spaces in the face of car culture. In the case of the aging Interstate 95 in Philadelphia, Lind asks planners to consider redesigning the imposing three mile stretch of I-95 that separates the city from the Delaware River waterfront.
As an urbanist and writer, Diana Lind thinks about cities as collections of ideas as much as collections of buildings and people. She is executive director and editor in chief of Next American City, an urban policy media outlet and nonprofit based in Philadelphia.