Poor Yonkers Neighborhoods are Hotter

Did you ever wonder why it is hotter in certain areas of Yonkers and not others? Well, there is a reason.

Higher temperatures in many of Yonkers' minority neighborhoods are a consequence of redlining in those sections from previous years.  Redlining is a discriminatory practice where there is a denial of various services by federal government agencies, local governments as well as the private sector such as banks to the area.
A study by Groundwork Hudson Valley found that neighborhoods of Glenwood, LaMartine Heights, Radford, Old 7th Ward and Nodine Hill as having higher median temperatures from 2013-2019. These areas are at or below the poverty line and heavily Black and Latino.
The study is important because hundreds of people in America die from high heat each year. 
Although redlining has been banned since 1968, communities designated as "hazardous" by the federal Home Owners’ Loan Corp. from 1935 to 1939, still suffer the after effects of negligence.


The five neighborhoods detailed in the report  have fewer trees , which provides shade, the study found. Those communities also have less efficient surfaces such as sidewalks and asphalt. Those surfaces collect the heat in the day and expel it at night, preventing the area from cooling down after sunset. 
Groundworks has found that  hot spots are typically in areas around public housing and affordable housing by Westhab. The areas described are called Heat Islands.
Groundwork will use  the data to find ways to mitigate excessive heat in these communities. It plans on tree planting projects, reflective paint on roofs and electric bill subsidies.
Oded Holzinger, Rivers and Trails Manager with Groundwork, will be a guest tomorrow, 10/12/2020 on Westchester Eye on the Radio.
Tune in from 3-4pm on WVOX 1460AM or listen on line at wvox.com. 
Editor's Note: If you missed the show, it can be heard at this link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYv6e2VGd1A


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