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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:
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer The earliest iteration of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society was founded in 1977 to “defend, conserve and protect our ocean.” Meet three women, featured by Vogue, who are carrying out the organization’s mission: Eva Hidalgo: 31-year-old Spanish scientist who was part of the team that possibly identified a new […]
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer A bill sitting on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s desk could take away local government’s decision-making about their energy choices, including where to build large-scale solar arrays. The outcome will impact the historically Black town of Archer, where Origis Energy and Gainesville Regional Utilities want to build a 50-megawatt solar […]
A 2018 Pew poll found that 43% of U.S. adults say they often or sometimes play video games. With so many people–and young people specifically— spending time gaming, wouldn’t it be great if games taught values like respect for nature? That’s where Michelle Olson comes in, a video game designer of the new game Beasts of […]
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