Roosevelt Institute | Cornell University

Why COVID-19 is an Issue of Environmental Injustice in New York City’s Low-Income Neighborhoods of Color

By Abraham Reiss Published January 11, 2021

In New York City, the Coronavirus pandemic has hit hard in low-income neighborhoods of color, creating a severe health disparity that directly stems from the results of environmental injustice. Extreme levels of pollution due to heavy industry and traffic in these areas have led to towering rates of respiratory illness, making their populations highly vulnerable to the pandemic.