A lot of harm has been done in the name of development. People residing in lower-income neighborhoods across the United States, and black and brown communities in particular, have long been in the crosshairs when it comes to being displaced by construction of roads, highways and other huge projects.
The problem has never entirely gone away, but it became a little less acute 50 years ago this month, when the National Environmental Policy Act was enacted.
The above excerpt was originally published in CNN.
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