Black White Displacement Disparities

Black-White differences in displacement for highway construction

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is getting serious about the damage done to African-American neighborhoods by highway construction.


As Angie Schmitt reports:

Growing up in Charlotte, Foxx’s own street was walled in by highways, he recalled in a speech today at the Center for American Progress. Building big, grade-separated roads through thickly settled neighborhoods devastated communities, uprooted residents, and cut off the people who remained from the city around them.


The relative risk of a Black Family being displaced by highway construction was approximately 17 times that of a White Family’s risk.  And I bet a good number of those displaced White Families were low-income.  This is what planning by pitchfork looks like.



How could this not matter to public health?



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