Joe Henderson: For Rick Kriseman, I-175 is a racial dividing wall in St. Petersburg

The exit called Interstate 175 toward downtown St. Petersburg is more than a short stretch of asphalt. It’s a demarcation line between Tropicana Field and south St. Pete, and Mayor Rick Kriseman has an idea about what to do with that road.

Knock it down.

Reduce it to rubble.

Eliminate it.

His words came in response to this tweet by former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is Joe Biden‘s nominee for Secretary of Transportation.

“Black and brown neighborhoods have been disproportionately divided by highway projects or left isolated by the lack of adequate transit and transportation resources,” he wrote.

“In the Biden-Harris administration, we will make righting these wrongs an imperative.”

Kriseman retweeted that and added his own take.

“This is why I’d like to see 175 come down between the Trop and the neighborhoods to the south,” he wrote. “We’ve broken down some figurative barriers in this city. This is a literal one that should be flattened someday.”

South St. Pete certainly has experienced more than its share of unrest, poverty, and violence. Last month, the area had three shootings in four days. Two of them were deadly. But would knocking down

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