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Beautiful Highways

Updated on October 13, 2015

I was talking to a friend of mine who has traveled in the Southeast, and she was observing how much North Carolina and Georgia had spent on beautifying their highways.

I would agree that they definitely did that, and have some amazing scenery and plants but at what coast was that done to historical neighborhoods. Did you know that quite a few of the old African American neighborhoods were actually what these pretty highways went through, whether it be in Durham, Tulsa, or other cities in the South. And, that sometimes, it was done with complicity by the leadership of said communities of that time.

And, yes, South Carolina may be saying that they don't care as much about that Highway that they have not beautified as much as it is in the minority neighborhoods as well, and they may be saying that as long as you make it to the Coast and or Florence or the State Capital, they are good with that. They may not want to spend all that money like North Carolina did on their Highway beautification projects, probably with Prison labor in some cases, and at what cost do other programs where these programs laid out. Also at what costs do historical neighborhoods.....A friend of mine on his documentary about Hayti explores the impact the Highway had not just on this neighborhood, but other neighborhoods as well..

Just some food for thought.....



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    • bluesradio profile imageAUTHOR

      Marc Lee 

      3 years ago from Durham, NC

      I agree that scenery definitely helps a town..

    • Rachel L Alba profile image

      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Usually I don't like to travel all the way to our destination by highway. I like to site see. But if they put some beauty along the highways, it would be more interesting to travel on. Thanks for sharing.

      Blessings to you.

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