One Man’s Quest To Document The Highways That Tore His City Apart
The Interstate Highway System, ushered in by President Dwight D. Eisenhower 60 years ago, was acclaimed as a groundbreaking public works job that connected the country like ever been. But those 47, 000 miles of federally funded pavement also devastated urban centers.
Photographer Michael DeFilippo has invested the last 5 months documenting pikes in his city of St. Louis. He completed the sequence this week, tied to the 60 th commemoration, and ahead of his own 60 th birthday Friday.
He answers about half of the city’s vicinities are frontier or intersected by an interstate.
“I wanted to show the unintended importances and wallop of the freeway on a really beautiful and vibrant city, ” he told The Huffington Post in an email.