The racist legacy of redlining and other inequities, exacerbated by continued greenspace disparities, are disproportionately heating — and thus harming — low-income Boston neighborhoods, the Boston Globe reports. Previously redlined neighborhoods, those neighborhoods marked as “hazardous” for loans due to the number of people of color living in them, are now hotter and have fewer trees than neighborhoods marked as “best” or “desirable.” Formerly redlined neighborhoods are 6.7°F hotter than previously “best” or “desirable” neighborhoods” with substantially less parkland and fewer trees.
As climate change, caused by the extraction and combustion of fossil fuels, drives up temperatures, Boston is expected to see 40 days per year above 90 degrees by the end of the decade — nearly triple the number it saw in 1990. “It’s profoundly disappointing what the city left,” Richard Parritz, a Jamaica Plain resident who chairs the design committee of the local nonprofit Three Squares. “This is a health and equity issue. It’s not right.” (Boston Globe $; Recent New England heatwaves: Boston Globe $; Climate Signals background: Extreme heat and heatwaves)