“It’s never too late to undo the wrongs of the past.” That was an important observation made recently by U.S. Rep. Kweisi Mfume in the context of the “Highway to Nowhere” in West Baltimore. That 1.4-mile stretch of eight-lane blacktop and the extraordinary damage it did to predominantly Black, middle-class neighborhoods in an attempt to connect Interstate 70 with Interstate 95 is a fitting symbol of government running over a disrespected population. This month, the federal government approved $2 million to help devise a plan to repair the damage — more than 50 years after it was done.
What can Maryland do about its legacy of environmental harm done to low-income communities of color?
February 28, 2023