Buzbee to talk up and sign his book on NY's Hudson River

4/18/2014, 2:53 p.m.

Author and Emory law professor William W. Buzbee will read and sign his “Fighting Westway: Environmental Law, Citizen Activism, and the Regulatory War That Transformed New York City” on April 29 at the Carter Presidential Library & Museum in Atlanta.

The talk begins at 7 p.m. in the theater and is free and open to the public.

From 1971 to 1985, environmental battles affecting the Hudson River raged over Westway, a multibillion-dollar highway, development, and park project slated for placement in New York City. It would have projected far into the Hudson River, including massive new landfill extending several miles along Manhattan’s Lower West Side.

The most expensive highway project ever proposed, Westway also provoked one of the highest stakes legal battles of its day.

In “Fighting Westway,” Buzbee reveals how environmentalists, residents, their lawyers, and a growing opposition coalition, despite enormous resource disparities, were able to defeat this project supported by presidents, senators, governors, and mayors, much of the business community, and most unions.

Buzbee is director of the Emory Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program and a director of Emory’s Center on Federalism and Intersystemic Governance. He also assisted in the design and launch of Emory’s Turner Environmental Law Clinic and currently chairs its advisory board.

The Carter Presidential Library & Museum is at 441 Freedom Parkway.

For more information, visit www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov or call 404-865-7100.