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Where Transit and Inequality Intersect in Baltimore

The "Inequality Chronicles," now in their third installment by Places Journal, are essential reading.
March 26, 2016, 7am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Alec MacGillis's article examines how public investment "and disinvestment" in public transit "figured greatly in the persistence of racial and economic inequality" in Baltimore.

The article begins with the riot of April 27, 2015, exacerbated by a decision to shutdown of public transportation after the memorial service for Freddie Gray had concluded. The remainder of the article traces a history that begins with Reconstruction, following the Civil War, through the Great Migration, into Baltimore's unique pattern of white flight, which spanned either side of World War II, and into the transit and transportation planning decisions of recent decades.

Supplemental reading for the recent transit planning decisions can be found in an editorial published by the Baltimore Sun earlier this week, which calls for a transformative investment in public transit.

Earlier installments of the "Inequality Chronicles" covered Memphis and Houston.

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Published on Monday, March 21, 2016 in Places Journal
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