Residents of communities torn apart by interstates have long labored to keep their communities vital in the wake of the destruction. There is growing recognition and support of these efforts at the local and national level. In 2017, Chicano Park, site of a San Diego community trifurcated by highways and reclaimed by the community through public art, protests, and celebrations, was designated a National Historic Landmark. It was through the Chicano community’s efforts that, despite destruction and the erection of immense physical and social barriers, they retained their connection to the site, establishing a park in which to grow community empowerment, in spite of the concrete infrastructure that had replaced their homes.
Through efforts such as that of the residents of Rondo and Barrio Logan (home of Chicano Park), communities are reclaiming ground through interpretation. The intangible core of resilient communities is made tangible when invasive and destructive infrastructure is reclaimed by residents to celebrate and perpetuate that which it appears to destroy.