How Segregation Caused Atlanta's Traffic Jams

Kevin M. Kruse, writing in the New York Times:

Atlanta has some of the worst traffic in the United States. Drivers there average two hours each week mired in gridlock, hung up at countless spots, from the constantly clogged Georgia 400 to a complicated cluster of overpasses at Tom Moreland Interchange, better known as “Spaghetti Junction.” The Downtown Connector — a 12-to-14-lane megahighway that in theory connects the city’s north to its south — regularly has three-mile-long traffic jams that last four hours or more. Commuters might assume they’re stuck there because some city planner made a mistake, but the heavy congestion actually stems from a great success. In Atlanta, as in dozens of cities across America, daily congestion is a direct consequence of a century-long effort to segregate the races.

Atlanta’s a lovely city, but would be so much better if you didn’t have to spend so much time in your car to get anywhere. It’s unsurprising to learn that much of that problem is the result of racism.

Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg on what’s next for Tumblr

The Verge’s Nilay Patel and Julia Alexander interviewed Matt Mullenweg about Automattic’s recent acquisition of Tumblr.

Tumblr was once such a great blogging and social networking platform and I enjoyed using it before its years of stagnation under ownership by Yahoo and then Verizon. I hope they’re successful in reviving it. Maybe I’ll switch this blog back to Tumblr again.

In God’s country

Elizabeth Bruenig, writing in the Washington Post:

White evangelicals’ electoral drift toward Trump added an element of mystery to a story that was already startling. That the thrice-wed, dirty-talking, sex-scandal-plagued businessman actually managed to win the steadfast moral support of America’s values voters, as expressed in routinely high approval ratings, posed an even stranger question: What happened?

It’s easy to say that abortion and simply getting justices on the Supreme Court that might overturn Roe v. Wade is enough for evangelicals to support Trump despite everything else, but Bruenig does a great job examining other reasons.