Gregory Squires' Op-Eds

Gregory Squires
April 07, 2021

June 20, 2020 - February 25, 2021

Congratulations to Gregory Squires on his recent publications!

Gregory D. Squires, John Hans Gilderbloom, and Wesley Meares. "Pollution, Place, and the Unnecessary Tragedy of Premature Death:  Lessons for Covid-19," Planetizen, June 20, 2020.

"In Louisville, scene of multiple instances of police violence in recent weeks, low-income and Black populations living in neighborhoods dealing with decades of industrial pollution are now suffering the worst public health outcomes of COVID-19."


John Hans Gilderbloom, Gregory D. Squires, Robert P. Friedland, and Dwan Turner. “Pollution is Black neighborhoods part of Louisville’s systemic racism.” Louisville Courier Journal, June 25, 2020. 

"Thousands of Black and white protesters got a taste recently of what it is like to feel the agony of being gassed by the police. It was painful, sickening and scary.

But citizens in western Louisville are regularly “gassed,” causing long-term health problems. The mayor’s own office admits this truth, with people dying an average of 10 years earlier in western Louisville compared to the rest of the city. In some neighborhoods, the life span is less than in war-torn Iraq according to Louisville’s Health Department."


John Hans Gilderbloom, LaGlenda Reed, Dwan Turner, Michael Brazley, Gregory D. Squires. "Pollution is a form of racial injustice crippling western Louisville,"  Louisville Courier Journal, January 28, 2021.

"Deadly pollution is Louisville’s most urgent problem, making many westside neighborhoods unlivable, unsustainable, unhealthy and unprosperous. It is the number one cause of environmental racial injustice. 

The powerful want you to believe that pollution is not a problem. In other words, if  you can’t see it, it must not exist."


Cherelle L. Parker, Ira Goldstein, and Gregory D. Squires. “Home appraisals drive America’s racial wealth gap – 95% of Philly’s appraisers are white.”  WHYY NPR/PBS Philadelphia, February 25, 2021. 

"Racial bias in the appraisal industry — an industry that is dominated by white people — is an understudied contributor to historical and ongoing segregation and wealth disparities in Philadelphia and across the United States."