Environmental Racism in Little Village : the Implosion of The Crawford Coal Plant in The Midst of The Covid-19 Pandemic
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Prior to 2012, Chicago was the only major city in the United States that still hosted two operating coal plants that were polluting at high rates, one of which is located in the majority Latinx, low-income, immigrant neighborhood, Little Village. The Crawford Coal Plant is now being demolished by HILCO Redevelopment Partners with the end goal of constructing a multimillion- dollar warehouse that will bring a mass influx of diesel trucks, and unsafe jobs. In the midst of the respiratory Covid-19 pandemic, Little Village was greatly impacted by the virus due to the fact that many essential workers reside in the neighborhood, along with the fact that there is a high percentage of undocumented immigrants and polluted skies that leaves one more prone to being infected with this virus. In this thesis, I examine the intersecting layers that contribute to the oppression and disenfranchisement of an already vulnerable community during the Coronavirus pandemic, as well as the ways that residents are forced to navigate the situation.