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How the Freeway System Shaped California

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Traffic on I-80 as seen from the Berkeley pedestrian overpass.  (Deborah Svoboda/KQED)

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In many California cities, freeways and sprawl are just a fact of life. They’re baked into the design of much of the state. But how did we get here? Just how did freeways come to be such a big part of California life?

This week, we’re featuring a story from our friends at the KPBS podcast Freeway Exit. Host and producer Andrew Bowen looks at how our relationship with the freeway has changed over time, and how it will have to change in the future.

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