MCVD: The Image of an Overburdened Community
In preparation for the proximity to hazards dashboard (PHD) upgrade dealing with environmental justice issues in Chicago, and as part of the community-based participatory design approach, we are adding new exposure sources of concern for communities and improving the interface's functionality. A preliminary analysis of this information revealed that most asphalt plants and rail yard support facilities are primarily in Chicago's southwest side. These rail yard support facilities require elevated truck traffic levels to accommodate the high volume of containers passing trough the intermodal terminals. In addition, the prevailing wind direction and the location of all these sources are likely to enhance the environmental burden on some downwind communities in the SW.