Designing cities without Black consent upholds white supremacy, says urban planner

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Main Street in Ventura was shut down to vehicles to allow more room for open-air dining and pedestrian traffic during the coronavirus pandemic. But some urban planners say new city designs like open streets often prioritize white people rather than essential workers and people of color, who are most affected by COVID-19. Photo by Kathryn Barnes.

Developed neighborhoods and cities, as innocuous or well-intentioned as they may seem, have contributed to the plight of African Americans and people of color. Pop-up parks, new bike lanes, and playgrounds can prove detrimental if people from different racial and socioeconomic backgrounds don’t have input on how those developments are planned.