Black lawmaker hopes I-40 highway project can right an old wrong
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee state Rep. Harold Love Jr.’s father put up a fight in the 1960s against rerouting Interstate 40 because he believed it would stifle and isolate Nashville’s Black community.
His father was forced to sell a North Nashville home to make way for the highway.
After his father’s prediction came true, Love Jr. is now part of a group pushing to build a cap across the highway that would create a community space to help reunify the city.
The $120 million project is being spearheaded by Mayor John Cooper’s administration. Atlanta; Austin, Texas; St. Paul, Minnesota; and other cities are pushing ahead with similar proposals to address racial inequities.