Fighting Westway: Environmental Law, Citizen Activism, and by William W. Buzbee

By William W. Buzbee

From 1971 to 1985, battles raged over Westway, a multibillion-dollar road, improvement, and park undertaking slated for placement in long island urban. it can have projected a ways into the Hudson River, together with great new landfill extending numerous miles alongside Manhattan’s decrease West part. the costliest road undertaking ever proposed, Westway additionally provoked one of many optimum stakes criminal battles of its day. In Fighting Westway, William W. Buzbee finds how environmentalists, voters, their legal professionals, and a starting to be competition coalition, regardless of huge, immense source disparities, have been capable of defeat this undertaking supported via presidents, senators, governors, and mayors, a lot of the company neighborhood, and such a lot unions. even if Westway’s defeat has been derided as missing justification, Westway’s critics raised huge and finally decisive objections. They wondered claimed undertaking advantages and endorsed buying and selling federal Westway money for mass transit advancements. additionally they uncovered illegally left out environmental hazards, specially to more and more scarce East Coast younger striped bass frequently present in terribly excessive numbers correct the place Westway used to be to be built.

Drawing on archival documents and interviews, Buzbee is going past the veneer of presidency activities and court docket rulings to light up the stakes, political pressures, and strategic strikes and countermoves that formed the Westway conflict, a struggle concerning all degrees and branches of presidency, medical clash, strategic citizen motion, and hearings, trials, and appeals in federal court docket. This Westway background illuminates how high-stakes regulatory battles are fought, the suggestions and gear of America’s environmental legislation, methods city priorities are contested, the clout of savvy citizen activists and powerful attorneys, and the way separation of powers and federalism frameworks constitution felony and political clash. no matter if readers search an exhilarating story of environmental, political, and felony clash, to benefit what fairly occurred in the course of those battles that reworked manhattan urban, or to appreciate how sleek felony frameworks form excessive stakes regulatory wars, Fighting Westway will offer a great read.

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