The Third Rail: Transit, Race and Inequity in Baltimore

A recent journal entry  by Baltimore resident Alec MacGillis writing for the online journal Places provides an excellent introduction to the history of inequity and segregation in Baltimore through the lens of transportation.  The article traces the developments in transportation and its relationship to accessible jobs, white flight, and housing segregation from the early days of street cars that gave rise to the, then, leafy suburban developments in Forest Park and Roland Park, to the recent cancellation of the East-West Red Line by our Republican governor, Hogan--a line that would have connected low income, Black residents from both East and West sides of the city to twin hubs of employment at Social Security and Johns Hopkins Bayview.