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Freeways have sequestered, impoverished neighborhoods

Regarding Marlys Harris’ article, “Is it time to start dismantling downtown freeways?”:

Great post, and timely, too.

Much goes into making a difficult neighborhood what it is. But I cannot help but look at North Minneapolis and Phillips and see how the freeways have sequestered and impoverished them.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Kevin Watterson on 07/10/2013 - 01:33 pm.

    Maybe it’s not the freeways but the enormous, deadening 30-foot walls we build around them that close off these neighbourhoods.

  2. Submitted by James Hamilton on 07/10/2013 - 03:43 pm.

    Don’t kid yourself.

    There were impoverished neighborhoods before we built the freeways. In fact, we put the freeways through the middle of most of them.

  3. Submitted by Karen Sandness on 07/12/2013 - 09:11 am.

    While it’s true that these neighborhoods were impoverished before the freeways were built, having the freeways there hinders efforts to improve them. Note, also, that freeways were, for the most part, not built through the most affluent neighborhoods, with the possible exception of some stretches of I-35W.

    Another example of a neighborhood harmed by freeways is the Cedar-Riverside/West-Bank area near the U. There are a lot of “you can’t get there from here” on foot situations.

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