Smart City Memphis had a great post yesterday about I-269 and the reasons why we shouldn't give into the asphalt lobby.
Here is my favorite (so to speak) part:
It’s the sort of mentality that blandly accepts as reasonable that our roads and highways should be built as if it is always 8 a.m. or 5 p.m. It’s the sort of philosophy that answers every question about better transportation with more roads. God knows that there is always an engineering study to justify more and more roads.
MATA offers third-world public transit. So what do we do? Build more highways.
Neighborhoods are begging for bike lanes. So what do we do? Build more highways.
Yes, people want “complete streets” that offer transportation alternatives. So what do we do? Build more highways.
If you need some background, and because I don't mind plugging myself, here is a story I did about I-269 a few months ago.