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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Light Rail follies of the white upper middle class

So there must be something else at work here, a kind of embedded preference for rail. A look at recent mass transit development controversies in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area reveals what LA community organizer Eric Mann calls “transit racism.” All too often, public policy makers prioritize rail projects (which largely serve white and affluent communities) over bus routes (which largely serve poorer communities of color).

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1 comment:

Chris said...

Max serves East County (been to Rockwood lately?), Clackamas (AKA Felony Flats), Interstate Ave (Largely black), and Hillsboro (Largely hispanic). Other than, oh maybe Orenco, where does the "largely white and affluent" population fit into this story?