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Graphic with photo of Amy Stelly superimposed on image of Claiborne Expressway elevated freeway in New Orleans, Louisiana

Healing a Neighborhood: Amy Stelly’s Efforts to Tear Down the Claiborne Expressway in New Orleans

Amy Stelly’s childhood dream was to remove the highway that devastated her neighborhood. Now that those efforts have gained traction, institutional biases remain as much of a barrier to neighborhood healing as the highway itself.

May 17, 2023 - The Planning Commission Podcast

Porter Ranch

Study: Kids Do Worse in Schools Near Traffic

Moving to a school with higher levels of traffic pollution could impact students' academic performance, according to new research.

February 10, 2019 - CityLab

Detroit Vacant Properties

How Urban Ugliness Increases Stress

The definition of blight may be in the eye of the beholder, but it may also be subconscious. Broken windows, abandoned buildings, and weed-filled yards may actually create stress and degrade health, according to a small study out of Philadelphia.

April 26, 2015 - Fast Co.Exist

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