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Is history repeating itself with Tampa Bay Express?

That dirt road became Interstate 275, demolishing hundreds of homes in the 1960s and 1970s. The $6 billion TBX expansion project could require additional homes to be demolished.

Tampa Bay Times

That dirt road became Interstate 275, demolishing hundreds of homes in the 1960s and 1970s. The $6 billion TBX expansion project could require additional homes to be demolished.

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June

When the interstates were built in the 1950s and 1960s adn 1970s, they cut through poor black communities across the nation, displacing 475,000 people over two decades.

In Tampa, the interstate tore through places like Ybor City, Tampa Heights and "the Scrub."

The Scrub was one of Tampa's first black settlements and home to people in what is now Tampa Heights. 

Fast forward to 2016, and the Florida Department of Transportation is considering expanding the interstates for a $6 billion project called Tampa Bay Express.

Nearly 80 percent of the registered voters living at properties that Florida's Department of Transportation plans to demolish are black and Latino, according to a Tampa Bay Times analysis. In a four-mile stretch near Tampa's downtown, at least 340 minority residents will be displaced. 

Is this happening all over again?

Read all about it here.

[Last modified: Friday, June 10, 2016 2:01pm]

    

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