Aline Frantzen

Transit as an equalizing force in society

For far too long, the suburbs have ruled urban transit. Through decades of car-focused development, from sprawling highways to parking garages, cities have willingly sacrificed equitable urban growth to accommodate suburban commuters. The result has been more than an inconvenience — these patterns of development have caused serious harm to the fabric of cities in ways that have disproportionately impacted minority communities. They’ve also left cities with an urgent imperative: to be truly antiracist, they will have to start by rebuilding and rethinking public transportation.