Regional Perspectives: Seeking Justice in Transportation Plans

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Special to The Daily Record

June 9, 2009

What would West Baltimore’s infamous “highway to nowhere” have in common with an MTA bus depot located in East Baltimore? The Route 40/Franklin-Mulberry corridor highway tore through established neighborhoods in the 1970s. The planned connection to Interstate 70 was never finished and the incomplete stub remains a blight today in the eyes of neighboring residents.

The site selection of the Kirk Avenue bus garage right up against a low-income residential area was seen as another case of not fully considering the impacts on a disadvantaged community. Both cases provided serious material for an innovative local study that has been going for a number of years. Continue reading

EPA Administrator Renews Commitment to Environmental Justice

Lisa P. Jackson, President Barack Obama’s choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency addressed the third anual State of the Environmental Justice in America 2009 coference this past friday via video.  Administrator Jackson called on grassroots movements in the US to “help build a 21st century sustainable infracstructure.”

A video of Jacksons address is available on the Environmental Justice Blog.

View Administrator Jacksons Bio on the EPA’s website.