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    Inequality & Poverty

    Eric Avila in The Washington Post: “Interstate highways paved with racial injustice”


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    “Blight was a code word used to identify Black, working-class communities” said Eric Avila, a UCLA historian and author of “The Folklore of the Freeway: Race and Revolt in the Modernist City.” Urged on by officials like Robert Moses, New York’s “master builder,” cities were sold on the idea of highway construction as a way to save themselves.