Residents want environmental justice

Residents want environmental justice

Posted 19 July 2011, by Ryan Walsh, WWLP-TV,

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Taking’ it to the streets.

More than ten local groups came together for an environmental justice, bike and walk in Springfield’s North End.

22News caught up with the 60 or so participants along the Connecticut River.

That’s where this wall blocks the view of the water and access to the bike path.

On their tour of the North End, the group stopped at the Gerena Magnet School where they smelled some chemicals from the nearby industrial plant and pointed out how the school is built next to the highway.

The immediate goal of this event is to get leaders to realize what obstacles these barriers create in a community.

Lamont Scott says, “I’m just looking at our community and how kind of torn down it is.”

The group did visit a few bright spots in the North End, including this community garden on Sanderson Street.

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