Teresa Jan contributed to the conversation with visuals to support the conversation and by lending her knowledge from research about the area and the systemic issues that are embedded in the built environment of cities. This infrastructure, explained Teresa Jan, mostly followed redlining maps and divided communities by race and socio-economic status.
“Freeways deeply impact home ownership to the present day,” she said. “The constant flow of the traffic … is the main source of noise pollution to the adjacent neighborhoods. It contributes to tinnitus, cognitive impairment … and other preventable health problems including bronchitis, emphysema, abnormal heart rhythm, congestive heart failure, and stroke.”
Teresa put forth several initial suggestions on behalf of the team, proposing removing pieces of the elevated portions of the Central Freeway to let light through, creating a more pedestrian-friendly experience with opportunities for a light rail, green space, and possible restoration of Mission Creek to mitigate frequent flooding in the riparian area around the freeway.