Access denied updating a dream

- Madison traffic engineers are undertaking a project to make Park Street a "connected vehicle corridor," updating infrastructure to allow vehicles to communicate with traffic signals, signs, pedestrians and more. Department of Transportation says "Cars on the highway, for example, would use short-range radio signals to communicate with each other so every vehicle on the road would be aware of where other nearby vehicles are," the agency's website states.

It would be one of the first of its kind in the nation."We want to improve transportation safety, we want to improve the mobility, we want to improve the bus on-time performance," said Yang Tao, an assistant city traffic engineer. "Drivers would receive notifications and alerts of dangerous situations, such as someone about to run a red light as they're nearing an intersection or an oncoming car, out of sight beyond a curve, swerving into their lane to avoid an object on the road."Tao said Madison is only one of a handful of cities testing out this technology.

By Charlene Crowell (NNPA Newswire Columnist) In recent weeks, a spate of news coverage has referred to America’s “inner cities.” Some may even interpret it as a new code word for minorities, usually referring to Blacks and Latinos.

Yet today, according to Richard Rothstein, a research associate with the Economic Policy Institute, the inner city experience does not encompass all of Black America.

Now contrast those dismal numbers with those from the Census Bureau that found Black Americans are more than 13 percent of the nation’s population, and 1.8 million Blacks, ages 25 and older, hold advanced degrees.Why do so many Blacks and Latinos continue to suffer disproportionate denials for mortgage loans?A recent analysis of the 2015 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data by the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) sheds further light on the fact that even years after a national recovery from the housing collapse, the American Dream remains elusive for much of Black America.So,why are conventional mortgage loans so rare for Black borrowers, when Black college graduation rates are growing and many are living in the suburbs with higher earnings?One reason could be that the average credit score needed to get a loan has risen substantially.

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