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Sherrilyn Ifill Joins U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx in Conversation on the Unequal Effects of Urban Freeways on Minority Neighborhoods on the Diane Rehm Show

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx On The Legacy Of The U.S. Highway System

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has a message for Americans this week and it’s an unusual one for someone in his position. When the country’s urban freeways were constructed, they were often routed through low income, minority neighborhoods. Instead of connecting us to each other, Foxx says many of these highways were intentionally built to separate us. He says it’s a legacy the country has struggled to address and it’s one Foxx hopes to begin to repair. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx joins Diane to discuss helping isolated, poor and minority communities get access to reliable and safe transportation – and a panel of experts react to his proposals.


  • Anthony Foxx, U.S. Secretary of Transportation
  • Richard Rothstein, research associate, Economic Policy Institute
  • Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
  • Robert Puentes, senior fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, The Brookings Institution.

Listen to the conversation here

Read a follow-up blog post on the conversation here.