|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Tue, 11 Jan 2011 13:51:12 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-BIF] "Dirty Secrets Under the Schoolyard"|
Dirty Secrets Under the Schoolyard Parents Demand New Curbs for Schools Built on Contaminated Land By Christopher Weber E Magazine January/February, 2011On the west side of Chicago, just five miles from the gleaming Loop, the Little Village Lawndale High School is the pride of this working-class community. It's an impressive, $63-million campus, where 1,400 students hit the books beneath mosaics, glass curtain walls and a Mayan solar calendar. There's a two-story atrium, two gyms, a child-care center, a health clinic, and long-distance learning labs.
But even with the new school, young people have trouble finding safe places to hang out in Little Village, where 95,000 people live among factories and trucking depots. In addition to the omnipresent gangs, a coal-fired power plant looms over the community. Container trucks crowd the street, trundling freight bound for the suburbs.
There are so many environmental hazards in Little Village, in fact, that local activists offer "toxic tours" of the neighborhood. One time, a visiting boy complained about the air quality, what with all the diesel exhaust, coal smoke, garbage and chemical fumes. A few minutes later, his face was crimsoned by a torrential nosebleed. "We had to come back and just do a 'virtual' toxic tour," recalls one of the guides.
... For the entire article, see http://www.emagazine.com/view/?5470 -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Brownfields mailing list Brownfields@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/brownfields-cpeo.org
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