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The urban poor hit hardest as the planet heats up

Boisey Neal, 12, sells bottled water to passing motorists on the corner of Orleans Street and North Milton Avenue in the McElderry Park neighborhood of Baltimore on July 1, 2019. Like many residents of McElderry Park, the city’s hottest neighborhood, Boisey lives without air conditioning. (University of Maryland Photo/Timothy Jacobsen)

Heat radiates from the asphalt and concrete that cover the streets, the sidewalks, the alleys, even the tiny yards behind the homes in the East Baltimore neighborhood of McElderry Park. Trees are scarce. And air doesn’t move much when it comes up against block after block of rowhouses.

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