Science and technology politics in long island overpasses

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p://books.google.com/books?id=0hjdeVY Jared Hartzman Professor Reppy Science and Technology in the Public Arena 9/29/08 Politics in Long Island Overpasses What “politics” could there possibly be in simple overpasses in Long Island? This is a very interesting and thought provoking question. Now while some may argue that “trucks had no truck going to the beaches” and this is why the overpasses were built low, many others still don’t seem to buy into that theory (Latour 2004, 1). Robert Moses, a prominent public-works developer between the 1920’s and 1970’s, designed these overpasses, and the reasons for these designs still remain controversial to this date. After World War II there was what is now called a “white flight.” In other words, many white men and women left their homes and moved to middle-class suburban communities out on Long Island. Robert Moses, in charge of designing and developing the overpasses on the expressways throughout Long Island, has been accused of intentionally building these low-hanging overpasses “in order to keep metropolitan buses carrying the urban, non-car owning mostly nonwhite poor off certain roads” (Kenny 2000, 62). This inevitably restricted the public’s access to many of Long Island’s best beaches and neighborhoods. It also limited the amount of commuter traffic more to middle-class automobile-owning white populations in the surrounding suburban communities.
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Looking at statistical evidence of economic inequality between different races it can be shown that black males, on average, earned less than white males. “In 1981, black males averaged a weekly income that was approximately 20% below that of white males. Furthermore, not only do black males not get paid the same as white males, they are
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This note was uploaded on 03/11/2009 for the course -2 2610 taught by Professor Mikels,j. during the Fall '09 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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