In the middle of fighting a mad urban planning fiasco in Vancouver, it was heartening to see this news from another city: Seoul rips out freeways and allows the sun back onto a river. Removing a freeway was a huge risk for Seoul’s transportation planner, but somehow he proved his detractors wrong by making traffic flow work sans freeway. Vancouver never built freeways, thanks to a group of stubborn citizens who opposed them, but it’s nice to see other cities get rid of theirs. Look at everyone out walking where the freeway once was! As a monument to the disappeared freeway, several of its supports were left standing. They’re not half bad, in a brutalist way. If Seoul can rip out a freeway, perhaps one day Vancouver can rip out its hideous stadium with its dead-insect retractable roof. Read the whole Seoul story at grist.