Uncovering The Dark Side of Highways: Its Impact On Communities

From Above the Noise.

How did the U.S. Interstate Highway System hurt low-income communities of color?
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The United States was still racially segregated at the time of highway expansion in the 1950s and 60s. Communities of color were not prioritized when some of these choices of where to place highways were made. Black and white communities were largely divided, and many of the highways were literally built around Black neighborhoods, isolating those communities away from the rest of white America. This also led to displacement as some highways were built right through neighborhoods, tearing down housing and businesses displacing and destroying Black communities as they weren’t protected and considered as politically valuable as wealthier white communities were.

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