Rethinking Urban Freeways with Rep. Nikema Williams

The American Jobs Plan is an unmissable moment for communities across the country to address the legacy of urban freeways and set a new course for a more equitable future. It’s absolutely critical that as we begin to reimagine and build the transportation infrastructure of the 21st century that we do not repeat the mistakes of  “urban renewal” initiatives of the 1950s and 1960s. These programs boosted urban growth but through the buildout of new freeways, razed housing, and ripped through neighborhoods, displacing more than a million Americans during the first two decades of the federal interstate system.

Take a listen to the recent conversation with Rep. Nikema Williams of Georgia’s 5th District and Third Way’s Jared DeWese on why the congresswoman has prioritized undoing the damage done by highway construction projects and how this will directly benefit her district in Atlanta (and others like it). 

Then consider some additional reading to understand why addressing equity and environmental justice in transportation infrastructure is so crucial:

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