How Racial Discrimination Shaped Atlanta’s Transportation Mess

By ANGIE SCHMITT Feb 8, 2017

Atlanta is a poster child for sprawl, and its transportation system certainly isn’t what you would call resilient.
The transit system fails to connect urban residents to job centers, and ridership is low. When a dusting of snow fell on roadways in
2014, the city was plunged into chaos. Stranded people had to sleep in drug stores.

How did Atlanta find itself in such a mess? The story can’t be told without examining the region’s history of racial discrimination. Leah
Binkovitz at The Urban Edge files this dispatch on a recent report from the Partnership for Southern Equity about
Atlanta’s transportation legacy and what it means for the future.


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