Beyond the “L”
At Southside Weekly, Daniel Kay Hertz writes:
Chicago is a city with a long, sordid history of using geography as a weapon. Segregation — between neighborhoods, sides of the city, the city and the suburbs — has been used to privilege some people over others, and to keep resources like jobs, schools, and other amenities away from the unwelcome: often low-income people and people of color.
The generations of transportation and development policy that treated people without cars as an afterthought, or elements to be actively discouraged, are simply another part of the weaponization of geography. It created a two-tiered transportation system that forced even many of those living in poverty to spend thousands of dollars to buy and maintain a car, or lose hours a day on increasingly disinvested transit services. Those who are physically unable to drive were left out no matter their financial situation.