Growing Smarter Achieving Livable Communities, Environmental Justice, and Regional Equity

ISBN-10: 0262524708

ISBN-13: 9780262524704

Edition: 2007

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The smart growth movement aims to combat urban and suburban sprawl by promoting livable communities based on pedestrian scale, diverse populations, and mixed land use. But, as this book documents, smart growth has largely failed to address issues of social equity and environmental justice. Smart growth sometimes results in gentrification and displacement of low- and moderate-income families in existing neighborhoods, or transportation policies that isolate low-income populations. Growing Smarteris one of the few books to view smart growth from an environmental justice perspective, examining the effect of the built environment on access to economic opportunity and quality of life in American cities and metropolitan regions. The contributors to Growing Smarter--urban planners, sociologists, economists, educators, lawyers, health professionals, and environmentalists--all place equity at the center of their analyses of "place, space, and race." They consider such topics as the social and environmental effects of sprawl, the relationship between sprawl and concentrated poverty, and community-based regionalism that can link cities and suburbs. They examine specific cases that illustrate opportunities for integrating environmental justice concerns into smart growth efforts, including the dynamics of sprawl in a South Carolina county, the debate over the rebuilding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and transportation-related pollution in Northern Manhattan. Growing Smarterilluminates the growing racial and class divisions in metropolitan areas today--and suggests workable strategies to address them.
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List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 1/12/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

List of Abbreviations
Race, Smart Growth, and Regional Equity
Smart Growth Meets Environmental Justice
Race, Poverty, and Urban Sprawl
Access to Opportunities through Regional Strategies
?Quien es Mas Urbanista? Latinos and Smart Growth
Sprawl and Civil Rights: A Mayor's Reflections
Land Use and the Built Environment
Nashville: An Experiment in Metropolitan Governance
Smart Growth and the Legacy of Segregation in Richland County, South Carolina
Food Justice and Health in Communities of Color
Washed Away by Hurricane Katrina
Rebuilding a "New" New Orleans
Transportation Equity
Confronting Transportation Sprawl in Metro Atlanta
Environmental Justice and Transportation Equity
A Review of MPOs
Beyond Dirty Diesels
Clean and Just Transportation in Northern Manhattan
Linking Transportation Equity and Environmental Justice with Smart Growth
Growing Smarter for Livable Communities
Building Regional Coalitions between Cities and Suburbs
Smart Growth Tools for Revitalizing Environmentally Challenged Urban Communities
Afterword: Growing Smarter and Fairer
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