'I travelled solo in the wilderness for a year. It shifted my perspective on many things. I started seeing cities as ecosystems, and I began caring out of a love for the world. When I heard they’ll expand the highway, I had an immediate gut feeling: bad idea.'
Dr Miriam Schoenfield graduated from Brandeis university in Philosophy, Math and Neuroscience, then got her Philosophy PhD from MIT, and now teaches at UT Austin.
Texas wants to expand the I-35 highway running through Austin, but Miriam and her activist friends have sued the state in an attempt to stop it. Why does a philosophy professor want to prevent the government from building public infrastructure in one of America’s fastest-growing cities?