Like, this only makes sense if you don't see freeway construction as part of a continuum.
I wrote about this, too, in my deep dive into the history of South Central via the story of #NipseyHussle
I even had maps (!) showing how freeways had been used to wall communities off and contain populations once covenants were struck down!
But what made the physical boundaries so formidable was all of the other stuff that undermined their communities in the process. And, of course, policing.
Police had essentially been able to use the 10 as a boundary, containing the community for decades. When a young woman was shot in Westwood - evidence that that containment had failed - that's when the hammer came down.
Operation Hammer, launched a year earlier, now came into its own
Toshima's death was leveraged in incredible ways...all to reestablish containment of folks south of the 10.
Westwood would do its part by being hostile to Black youth
And LAPD would play its role by terrorizing South Central residents, like with the infamous raid at 39th and Dalton
There's more, but the larger point (again, to urbanist folks) is that social/economic/cultural/racial landscapes are inextricably intertwined with the physical ones... they are not independent of each other.
Meaning that ripping a freeway out does not automatically qualify as anti-racist policy.

If you're not also engaging the legacy of disenfranchisement that those freeways helped deepen, then you have to ask what's been resolved.
Namely, law enforcement has been the ones deployed throughout history to police the mobility of Black and brown folks, whatever the built environment. They can and will continue to do that if a freeway gets ripped out.
But my larger point is that this is a moment where a wide range of folks are finally taking up questions of how race and racism shaped cities. And it's time for urbanism to go beyond the lens of the built environment to the deprivations and privileges built upon/embedded in it.
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