I wanted to pass along some word written by a colleague of mine on the history of racial segregation that formed the backdrop to the Buffalo shooting. There's a reason why he knew Black people would be shopping at that Tops:
"I want to share how our work in Equitable Housing connects to communities like the one on Buffalo’s east side. Horrific tragedy aside, the below NYT article highlights a couple of intersections that you may not be familiar with. Unfortunately, I’ve seen and documented communities like this across the country – albeit in another life. However, I was fortunate to visit this Buffalo neighborhood a few times (prior to the building of the TOPS market – but the planning was underway). Community leaders there gave me the grand tour of the neighborhood and historic Humboldt Parkway which, if you recognize the name Frederick Olmstead, is the landscape architect known for NY’s Central Park and the U.S. Capitol design...."
@chewbacca I don't have a NYT subscription (can't subscribe to everything and too often NYT annoys me so I subscribe to some things that annoy me less on a regular basis like WaPo and The Atlantic) so I didn't read the article you linked and don't know if Baltimore is one of the cities you mentioned, but the Highway to Nowhere is the first place I thought of from "the construction of highways cut through predominantly Black neighborhoods..." I'm sure you know this as both someone who knows about community development and is from the mid-Atlantic region! I was not familiar with Buffalo though.
Of course, thanks to Joe Manchin, Build Back Better still languishes. (Send more Democrats to the Senate in 2022!)
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