It’s no question that many low-income areas un-proportionally harbor negative and damaging qualities more often than those neighborhoods that aren’t low-income. Many people believe that this isn’t the case through coincidence but rather through purposeful actions against low income communities.
“I have lived in this neighborhood for most of my life and it clearly has a few problems that have remained the same growing up,” said Giovanni Barajas, a resident of a low-income neighborhood called Meadowview, in Sacramento California. “Just one zip code away there’s another neighborhood that seems like they’re thriving. It doesn’t seem fair.”
A new study by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA,) show that pedestrians die every 90 minutes with low-income areas being impacted the most.
While many researchers have tried to come up with many reasons why there’s such a big number, with some pointing at the possibility that pedestrians could be walking more than previous years. But some data revealed by the National Complete Streets Coalition shows that pedestrian walking has only increased by 1%.
What most researchers seem to blame is poorly made road designs. Unfortunately many of these bad raids designs have been put in places of low-income areas. Many of these poorly designed roads are arterial roads that are focused mainly on just getting as much cars through a certain area as fast as possible.
Unfortunately with that idea in mind, many of these roads have long distances between places where pedestrians can cross and with a really high speed limit. As you would imagine, this has caused many pedestrian accidents.
For example here is the neighborhood of Meadowview, the community which Barajas grew up in. In this map by ericratinoff.com, you can see in the video/image below, there seems to be some sort of accident in almost every intersection across the road in Meadowview. This data is from 2013-2017
“See, this is what I’m talking about,” said Barajas when shown the map. “How can so many accidents happen in our neighborhood and not have anything done about it?”