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Displacing People for 'Progress' — the Origins of BART

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A BART train above two streets intersecting
A BART train runs along the tracks at 59th Street and Martin Luther King Jr Way in Oakland on May 14, 2024. (Beth LaBerge/KQED)

Back in the ’60s, BART was just a plan in the making. And located through its path were communities of mostly low income people of color.  But thanks to a legal tool known as eminent domain, many in that community were forced to sell their homes or face eviction. 


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