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Sunday, November 30, 2014

The game to play is compromise solution



* Photo: A string of protesters holding hands across the road have shut down I-395 by the D Street exit.

* The Powerful Symbolism of Shutting Down an Interstate:

There was a time that the Interstate highway was a symbol of freedom. There was a time when the St. Louis Post-Dispatch could use urban highways to sell ads. “ST. LOUIS Plans the future - with action TODAY!” reads a piece of civic boosterism. “St. Louisans will drive downtown in half the time with these New Multilaned Freeways.”
This was a lie sold to cities and the monied white establishment. That overcrowding, the vacancy, the people who don’t look like you? In a progressive future you can fly right past it all. Left unsaid was who would arrive in half the time - not everyone of course, that would be impossible. The highways were only for those who could afford to move.
Quite apart from the original intent of a national highway system, which included economic development by quickly moving goods between distant cities, and national defense, urban highways were sold as a tool of segregation. They have proven to be wildly successful.

* Well, then what can a poor boy do? Except to sing for a rock 'n' roll band....

Posted by Marie at November 30, 2014 8:07 PM