We'd hoped to celebrate our one-year anniversary sometime this spring by throwing a party for our readers, but for obvious reasons, that plan has been scrapped.
Instead, I'd like to invite you to join me in reading a book that several sources and readers have recommended to me over the past year: People Before Highways by Dr. Karilyn Crockett, a Lecturer in Public Policy & Urban Planning at MIT.
People Before Highways documents anti-highway activist movements in the Boston region in the 1960s, when unlikely coalitions stopped freeway proposals that would have demolished beloved neighborhoods and caused disproportionate harm to communities of color.
As Massachusetts struggles to reform its transportation systems in order to address racial inequities and the climate emergency, what lessons can we learn from a bellwether environmental victory from half a century ago?
Over the next 5 weeks, leading up to our discussion with Dr. Crockett, I'm also hoping to share short reviews and conversations with other readers on each of the book's six chapters. If you'd like to join the (virtual) discussion, tag @streetsblogmass on Twitter with the #PeopleBeforeHighways hashtag, or email me: christian [at] streetsblog dot org.