In the News

Media coverage of the Lid I-5 campaign and similar projects from around the country. Non-Seattle news is listed starting about halfway down the page. Listed in chronological order from newest to oldest.

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Future of Seattle’s proposed I-5 lid will likely fall to city’s next mayor
MyNorthwest, July 21, 2021

Study says I-5 lid would cost at least $966 million
Daily Journal of Commerce, July 16, 2021

New Study Shows That Lidding I-5 Is More Than Possible — It’s a Good Idea
The Stranger, July 15, 2021

To beat the heat, put a lid on I-5
Crosscut, July 9, 2021

Born on the 4th of July, Freeway Park’s targeted improvements move forward
Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, July 5, 2021

Seattle mayoral candidates talk free transit, traffic-ticket cameras and greenhouse-gas emissions
The Seattle Times, June 17, 2021

Seattle’s I-5 Named ‘Freeway Without a Future’
The Urbanist, June 7, 2021

New Study: Seattle’s I-5 Is a “Freeway Without a Future”
The Stranger,
June 1, 2021

The legacy of racism built into Northwest highways and roads
Crosscut, April 27, 2021

Want a Nice Park on Top of I-5? Too Bad, Democrats From the Suburbs Could Block It
The Stranger, April 8, 2021

Delayed repairs threaten Washington state bridges and highways. Will lawmakers act this year?
The Seattle Times, April 7, 2021

I-5 Study Shows Benefits of Capping Urban Freeways
Planetizen, February 8, 2021

8 Takeaways from Seattle’s Lid I-5 Feasibility Study
The Urbanist, January 29, 2021

It’s Almost #GivingTuesday—Here Are Some Worthy Causes You Can Donate To
The Stranger, November 30, 2020

Downtown Bellevue Needs a Bigger Freeway Lid
The Urbanist, August 10, 2020

Hiding a Highway
The Stranger, March 11, 2020

Lid I-5? Get rid of I-5? Varying perspectives on Seattle’s aging freeway
King 5, January 29, 2020

I-5 Lid Could Support Downtown Seattle High-Speed Rail Station
The Urbanist
, January 3, 2020

Lid I-5 or Get Rid of I-5?A look at two plans that would totally change the city.
The Stranger, December 4, 2019

With lidding I-5 far in the future, how should Seattle spend millions to improve Freeway Park’s connection between First Hill, Capitol Hill, and downtown?
Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, November 1, 2019

Lidding I-5 Declared “Technically Feasible” by Consultant Team
The Urbanist, September 27, 2019

Seattle studying potential for lids over I-5 through downtown
KING 5 News, March 9, 2019

Seattle selects firm to study feasibility of I-5 lid in downtown
MyNorthwest, February 28, 2019

“Seattle picks team to study possible expansion of Interstate 5 lid”
Puget Sound Business Journal, February 27, 2019

“WSP to lead study team on lidding more of I-5”
Daily Journal of Commerce, February 27, 2019

“Potential Interstate 5 lid project garners serious support”
Puget Sound Business Journal, February 15, 2019

“What Seattle Can Learn from Philadelphia’s Freeway Lid Project”
The Urbanist, February 15, 2019

“How capping I-5 could redeem Seattle’s past”
Crosscut, October 8, 2018

“Seattle inches closer to putting a lid on I-5; next step feasibility study”
Q13 Fox, October 3, 2018

“50 years after ‘Freeway Revolt,’ I-5 lid between Capitol Hill and downtown Seattle visions take shape”
Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, September 27, 2018

“Why Can’t One of the Richest Cities in the U.S. Solve Its Homelessness Crisis? Well, It Isn’t Really Trying—and It Won’t Until You Make It”
The Stranger, August 27, 2018

“Convention Center expansion reroutes 800 bus routes in Seattle”
KING 5, July 20, 2018

“Street Critic | The Audacity of Volunteers — an I-5 lid update
Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, June 18, 2018

“A perfect — and perfectly weird — view of Seattle’s breakneck growth”
The Seattle Times, April 24, 2018

“Supporters optimistic for ‘pie-in-the-sky’ idea to lid I-5 in Seattle”
KIRO Radio, March 29, 2018

Street Critic | Report from the Central Hills Triangle Collaborative Collab 1″
Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, March 18, 2018

“‘Bikeways and schools to housing and commercial development’ — I-5 lid designs come together”
Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, March 14, 2018

“What Would Seattle Look Like if I-5 Was Covered?”
Seattle Magazine, March 2018

“Lid 5 putting design teams together: Central Hills Triangle Collaborative kicks off Jan. 13”
Capitol Hill Times, November 5, 2017

“One simple idea to open up Downtown Seattle”
Crosscut, July 17, 2017

“Assessing Freeway Park:Group strategizes public benefits for lidding Interstate 5”
Capitol Hill Times, May 9, 2017

“Put a lid on it”
Capitol Hill Times, April 12, 2017

“A convention-center redo for the people”
The Seattle Times, op-ed, April 10, 2017

“Lid I-5 group receives local political support”
Capitol Hill Times, April 6, 2017

“Seattle council member throws support behind I-5 lid”
Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, February 3, 2017

“Capitol Hill real estate moguls step in with $20k push for group backing Lid I-5 study, $10M+ Pine-Boren lid”
Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, January 16, 2017

“Looking to benefit: WSCC expansion open house seeks feedback on public improvements”
Capitol Hill Times, December 14, 2016

“Lid I-5 group wants to get the conversation started”
Curbed Seattle, December 6, 2016

“Group Continues Push for Adding I-5 Lids in Seattle”
ENR Northwest, December 5, 2016

“Lid I-5 group seeks funds to study best spots for lidding the freeway”
Daily Journal of Commerce, December 1, 2016

“A December push to make I-5 lid plan a ‘public benefit’ from $1.6B convention center expansion”
Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, November 18, 2016

“What’s next for the push to Lid I-5”
Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, September 14, 2016

“Seattle’s biggest downtown park is often unnoticed”
KING 5, July 4, 2016

“Campaign to build lid over I-5 in downtown Seattle”
KIRO 7, June 29, 2016

“Gearshift creates community think tank”
Capitol Hill Times, May 31, 2016

“Here’s what designing a new lid over I-5 between Capitol Hill and downtown looks like”
Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, May 9, 2016

“A look at where new I-5 lid would fit in between Capitol Hill and downtown”
Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, March 28, 2016

“Rethinking Seattle Freeways: Let’s lid I-5”
Seattle Bike Blog, January 15, 2016

“The Big Lid: The Time Is Right to Fix the I-5 Disaster”
The Stranger, January 13, 2016

“Proposal Lids Interstate 5 to Make Central Park in Seattle”
KUOW, December 16, 2015

“The Case for Lidding I-5”
PubliCola, December 10, 2015

“Capitol Hill groups make push to shape $1B Convention Center expansion, close I-5 gap”
Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, June 11, 2015

Other Projects and Related Articles

Highways, Teardowns and Racial Justice
Governing, June 24, 2021

U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley Push Gov. Kate Brown for a Cover Over I-5 in the Rose Quarter
Willamette Week, June 17, 2021

Repairing the Urban Fabric Ruined by Highways
Common Edge, February 3, 2021

Three U.S. “Highway Cap” Projects Reckoning with Urban Inequity
Urban Land Magazine, October 7, 2020

“Pittsburgh’s New Park Will Connect Neighborhoods, But Not All Neighbors Welcome the Union”
Next City, June 1, 2019

“To Woo Millennials, Atlanta Considers Covering Highways With Parks”
The Wall Street Journal, January 1, 2019

“Here’s where the 101 Freeway cap park would change Downtown LA”
Curbed Los Angeles, May 30, 2018

“America Begins Capping Freeway Scars of the Past”
OZY, April 3, 2018

“Pittsburgh ‘Cap’ Park Plans to Honor Neighborhood History”
NextCity, April 3, 2018

“More Cities Are Banishing Highways Underground — And Building Parks on Top”
Pew Stateline, April 2, 2018

“Hollywood Central Park Seeks $1.5 Million to Complete EIR”
Urbanize LA, November 22, 2017

“Delaware River redevelopment starts with highway ramp demolition”
The Inquirer, July 25, 2017

“How citizens in Philly won the fight to cover I-95”
The Inquirer, June 21, 2017

“Downtown Los Angeles Freeway Cap Park Reemerges”
Urbanize LA, June 6, 2017

“Don’t listen to Mark Twain – freeway caps gaining traction”
UrbDeZine San Francisco, April 29, 2017

“Freeway Lids: Reconnecting Communities and Creating New Land for Development”
UrbanLand, April 7, 2017

Landscape Architecture Magazine, February 27, 2017

Landscape Architecture Magazine, February 7, 2017

“D.C. Air Rights Project Restores City Traffic Grid”
Engineering News Record, December 29, 2016

“Klyde Warren Park and the Katy Trail”
Urban Land Magazine, September 28, 2016

Six Freeway Removals That Changed Their Cities Forever”
Gizmodo, May 25, 2016

“$27M project reconnects UW, Montlake Triangle”
Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, July 13, 2015

“Wildlife will get a pass over cars in next phase of I-90 upgrades”
Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, April 13, 2015

“Hamburg is burying the Autobahn and putting parks on top”
VOX, January 9, 2015

“Tearing Down an Urban Highway Can Give Rise to a Whole New City”
CityLab, April 21, 2014

“I-15 in City Heights: How a Freeway that Divided the Community Became an Urban Monument to Citizen Activism”
San Diego Free Press, August 22, 2013

“What’s Better Than Turning an Urban Highway Into a Park?”
CityLab, August 5, 2013

“How Klyde Warren Park Was Built”
D Magazine, 2012

“Group has high hopes for Melrose Avenue, a ‘stunning street’ on edge of Capitol Hill”
Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, October 29, 2012

“Freeing Up Freeways”
Metropolis, October 21, 2012

“Medina gets lidded overpass on SR 520”
Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, September 11, 2012

“Can Urban Highways Be Fixed?”
CityLab, March 5, 2012

Benefitting From a Cover Up: How Concealing Urban Highways Can Create Parkland”
City Parks Blog, February 24, 2012

“Cap Parks: A cap park over the 101 Freeway in Hollywood, California, would create badly needed park space, improve the infrastructure, create sustainable green space, and spur economic development.”
Urban Land, July 14, 2011