How the legacy of racism lives on across New York City’s highways

The legacy of segregation and racism in New York City’s transportation system is under scrutiny following a tweet from Mayor-elect Eric Adams and the passage of a $1.2 trillion federal infrastructure bill.

Adams wrote, “Racism is built into our infrastructure, and we need to confront and combat it,” on Nov. 10, referring to a previous statement he made about rolling back “the Robert Moses vision for our city.” By evoking Moses, the long-dead city planner, Adams said he sought to highlight the ways prejudices held by 20th century power brokers are ingrained in the physical transportation structures used by New Yorkers today.

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