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    Eric Avila in Beacon Journal: “‘It was … devastating’: The Akron Innerbelt destroyed Black-owned businesses in its path”


    Wealthier Black families who could afford to move to other places after highways bisected their neighborhoods did so, said Eric Avila, an urban planning professor at UCLA. Those who stayed behind were left with declining job prospects. “Highway construction fueled the disappearance of jobs in the cities, which left these neighborhoods bereft of any kind of economic opportunity,” Avila said.