Essay on Analysis Of The Six Lane I 10 Interstate System

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For instance, the government created these racial, underprivileged regions, not the people living there. In 1964, the six lane I-10 interstate system was completed, thereby destroying one of the most successful areas in the Old South Baton Rouge community (Edwards et al. 50). Students were forced to cross dangerous intersections, communities became construction eyesores, and noise pollution constantly plagued the residents living in the region. These conditions only encouraged those wealthy members of the community to leave and inhabit different areas, which ultimately led to the community having less of a political impact and a loss of leadership (Edwards et al. 51). As the authors poignantly point out, “the final legacy of the interstate consists of abandoned businesses and deserted homes and schools” (51). Today, these same effects are still heavily visible. On East Washington Street, as well as the other half of Highland Road stretching past LSU, the community aesthetics are not attractive to new businesses and people outside the community. Business are abandoned, buildings look very worn-out, and there are no light posts on the roads. Further portrayals of the community as high in crime and poverty also prevent it from receiving the necessary care it needs and deserves. All of these consequences result from government actions that seek to enforce white supremacy by placing the comforts of white people at the extent of the black community.
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