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Texas' $7 billion plan to remake Houston highways once again targets homes, businesses in communities of color

Historic black neighborhoods like Independence Heights and the Fifth Ward are in the crosshairs of Houston highway plans, decades after expressways separated communities from the rest of the city.

An aerial view of I-45 and Downtown Houston on Sept. 16, 2019.
Vehicles on highways I-10 and I-69 pass through  the Greater Fifth Ward neighborhood in Houston on Sept. 16, 2019.
Highway I-45 runs along the eastern border of the Independence Heights neighborhood in Houston on Sept. 16, 2019.
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Houston residents push back

An aerial view of the Greater Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Houston on Sept. 16, 2019.
An aerial view of the Clayton Homes complex near I-45 in Houston on Sept. 16, 2019.

"Collateral damage"

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Leverage and saving what's left

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An aerial view of four houses next to I-45 near downtown Houston on Sept. 16, 2019.

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