Society & Culture
In this week’s episode, we hear from two dedicated Strong Towns advocates who are working with their neighbors to fight a highway project in their city of Erie, Pennsylvania.
Adam Trott is a Strong Towns member, an architect and a long-time Erie resident who’s passionate about seeing his city be financially prosperous for all residents. Roland Slade is a newer Erie resident with media chops and neighborhood know-how—who has no less dedication to seeing his city be a place where everyone can thrive, regardless of which neighborhood they live in.
Together, Adam and Roland are part of a community group called Connect Urban Erie, which is fighting a multimillion dollar road expansion project that would run a massive volume of cars along Erie’s waterfront—an area already dominated by a large highway. Adam, Roland and their neighbors have been tirelessly advocating to instead transform this waterfront roadway into a space where people can safely walk and bike, and enjoy the beautiful asset of Lake Erie.
We know you’ll learn a lot from this conversation about Adam and Roland’s work in Erie. Make sure to stay tuned to the end where they share a ton of fantastic pieces of advice for all of you out there who might be working through similar challenges in your city.
Connect Urban Erie instagram (lots of great videos here)
“PennDOT Trying to Solve the Wrong Problem” by Michael Fuhrman (GoErie.com)
“Skip the Highway; Build a Boulevard,” by Lisa Austin and Adam Trott (Erie Reader)
“PennDOT’s bayfront plan fails to prioritize people,” by Maxwell J. Hentosh (GoErie.com)
“Protesting Erie’s Bayfront Expansion,” by Natalee Stinebiser (The Gannon Knight)
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