In 1956, Eisenhower signed the Highway Act which allowed the construction of the Expressway System in the United States. By 1980, the massive construction developed throughout the whole country was completed. Beyond deciding who was gonna pay, and all the different forms of financing, defining the routes of the Interstates was one of the most polemic subjects discussed during these 30 years. Urban Historians Raymond Mohl, and Mark Rose constantly emphasize the fact that Interstates routes had as its main goal to interconnect cities. Thus, all roads needed to reach every city’s Downtown. In order to transform Downtown, urban planners and cities’ politicians chose poor neighborhoods as the specific area to be destroyed.
In this sense, African-Americans communities attached to every Downtown were constantly the target of the Interstates’ routes due to the fact of being the cheapest places to be invaded and modified by the government. However, being cheap…
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