This four-minute radio story, reported by Brian Naylor, highlights the work of community activists fighting to reverse the damage caused by transportation-planning decisions of the twentieth century, and the unlikely alliance between these grassroots organizations and Anthony Foxx, the U.S. secretary of transportation. During the 1950s and ’60s, highway infrastructure in cities across the country was frequently located where negative impacts would asymmetrically burden communities of color. Today, neighborhoods like Hunts Point, in the South Bronx area of New York, which is cut off from the rest of the city by the Sheridan Expressway, remain physically, socially, and economically isolated. Listen to this piece to hear multiple voices, including that of Secretary Foxx, speaking about the racist legacy of transportation planning and optimism for the future.
The POINT CDC, Mothers on the Move, the Pratt Center for Community Development