Racism by Design: The Building of Interstate 81

Articles, Environmental Racism, Separation | September 11 2023

50 years ago, city officials in Syracuse ignored the outcry of the Black community in the 15th Ward and moved forward with their plan to construct the I-81 viaduct. Since then, the ward has faced inadequate housing, higher crime, and poverty at disproportionate levels.

By Jay A. Fernandez, ACLU

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