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This issue of Review of Applied Urban Research features "Attitudes Toward the Construction of an Urban Expressway: The North Omaha Case."

T he locating and construction of an urban expressway creates conflicts between the need for new and improved routes of access and the need to protect the environmental, social and economic characteristics of parts of the city itself. A new freeway in an urban area inevitably means there will be destruction of homes, disruption of neighborhoods and local patterns of movement, and changes in landscape, noise and traffic levels. Citizen groups often organize to protest these disruptions and changes and seek ultimately to prevent the construction of new urban expressways.