By M. Paloma Pavel, Carl Anthony

ISBN-10: 0262012685

ISBN-13: 9780262012683

Activists, analysts, and practitioners describe cutting edge innovations that advertise fit neighborhoods, reasonable housing, and available transportation all through America's towns and suburbs.

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But creating such coalitions is not easy. The mainstream environmental movement’s focus on preserving natural resources can threaten those who are dependent on those resources to make a living, even undermining development efforts for improving the lives of the poor. Correspondingly, it may be difficult for community development practitioners, focused on creating jobs for the disadvantaged and helping them to build assets, to pay serious attention to the environment. From their perspective, worrying about the environment may be considered a luxury they cannot afford, unless serious environmental health issues are seen to be at stake.

Biotic resources become fragmented by the process of suburban sprawl. Patterns of metropolitan development have profound effects on traffic congestion, energy use, and climate change. Metropolitan regions are also the building blocks of the global economy because information, money, people, and goods cross national boundaries (Scott and Storper 2003). Addressing concentrated poverty in the United States in the twentyfirst century requires a shift of geographic imagination and consciousness among advocates of fairness, opportunity, and full participation of disadvantaged populations in the society as a whole (Anthony 2006a).

Accomplishing this requires healing the scars of internalized racism, separatism, cynicism, and resignation. It also means restoring awareness of the relationship between human communities and the life-support system of the planet upon which we all depend. In this book, breakthroughs are described as achievements of community organizing and building solidarity across lines of race, class, and municipal jurisdictions. These achievements are presented through journalistic stories that invite the reader into the lived experience of community advocates and through brief and compelling strategy pieces that summarize issues that need to be addressed and tools needed to bring about change.

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