The Bay State Banner – Is green going to be the new black?

When Boston officials tried siting a waste-to-energy plant 30 years ago, they chose a site on the edge of the Cape Verdean community in Dorchester.

A generation earlier, state planners seeking traffic congestion relief drew a new route for I-95 straight through Roxbury, sparking outrage and protest.

Despite dodging those environmental disasters, communities of color in Boston still host waste transfer stations, storage yards and power facilities — infrastructure scarcely found in white neighborhoods.

Meanwhile, on the upside of environmental and climate-change planning, most of the benefits are flowing to privileged communities, like access to solar power for middle-class homeowners, protection from rising sea levels in the upscale Seaport District and the Green Line extension into the hamlets north of Somerville.

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The Bay State Banner

By Brian Wright O’Connor