Architectural Exclusion


The article is about the regulation of urban design. This means that there are rules and restrictions on how we use our public goods. The article was written by Sarah Schindler and published by the Yale Law Journal. The article is about how architects and engineers designed bridges, roads, and many more things to exclude certain people from doing everyday life activities. The use of bridges were originally thought of as just a quicker way to transport yourself from location to the other. In fact some bridges, specifically low bridges, were used so that buses could not pass underneath them. This would keep people of color from going to a certain destination, because they were unwanted in that area. the article also talks about how some neighborhoods in Atlanta oppose to having MARTA in their community. This can be stated from the exact source: ” Wealthy, mostly white residents of the northern Atlanta suburbs have vocally opposed efforts to expand MARTA into their neighborhoods for the reason that doing so would give people of color easy access to suburban communities.The lack of public transit connections to areas north of the city makes it difficult for those who rely on transit—primarily the poor and people of color—to access job opportunities located in those suburbs.” This just makes it harder for people to go to work or go home. The article also talks about the use of roads and highways. The use of the roads were very interesting to me because they were design to be difficult to navigate your way into secluded neighborhoods. This was done by the elites of certain locations because they did not want “undesirable” people to find their utopia. This made it hard for tourist to find the neighborhoods as well because they were just as confused as the natives of the town. If no one could find it then it would not be touched and degraded by lower class people. This kept the wealthy very happy because not putting up signs to help find their neighborhood was a good idea to them. It is also said that some of the roads were just designed very awkward that it made the people trying to find it lost. The use of a one way to get inside the neighborhood was difficult. To further throw off the undesirables the construction of a two way was crafted. This made the journey home very long and costly. This also to drivers through shady parts of town so that the beauty of the rich and elite could be masked and hidden from society. The off-ramps to the highway also led people the long way to home. The wealthy neighborhoods were not trying to be bothered by “others” that they had off-ramps take people into the city and not into their neighborhoods even if this meant the short way home. The racism of America is very strong that it even influenced our roads and bridges and many other landscapes. Architectural exclusion was/is a mental restriction. You may not know that you are being affected by it but you are. There are benches with separate seating to keep homeless people from sleeping on it. You just probably think that you are glad that person is not sitting so close to you, but no it is for enforcing rules. I like to call this “Racism with Style!”.

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