"Even Breathing Is A Risk In One Of Orlando’s Poorest Neighborhoods"

"People inhale soot and noxious fumes from the car-laden highways encircling their historically black community."

"ORLANDO, Fla. ― During the 15 years that Jacqueline Young lived in Griffin Park, a federal housing project, she always worried about the air that she and her granddaughter were breathing.

On bad days, her throat would hurt, and her granddaughter would have violent asthma attacks. Young, who often walked neighborhood kids to and from school, noticed that many of the children wore masks to protect themselves from pollution.

The air inside wasn’t much better. The decrepit air-conditioning unit in Young’s apartment spewed out dust and forced her to keep the windows open, even when traffic was heavy. Sometimes, soot and particles floated through the air inside her apartment “like it was snowing dust,” said Young. “We could never not think of the air we were breathing,” she said."

Julia Craven reports for HuffPost January 23, 2018.

Source: HuffPost, 01/23/2018