Breakthrough Communities: Sustainability and Justice in the by M. Paloma Pavel, Carl Anthony

By M. Paloma Pavel, Carl Anthony

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

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Air pollution, caused by stationary as well as mobile sources, does not stop at the city line. 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).

This compelling but elusive concept of sustainability inspired extensive research and development of innovative methods for measuring human impacts. One such innovator is Mathis Wackernagel (1996), who provided key leadership in developing the ‘‘ecological footprint’’ model. The footprint is a measurement of the amount of land necessary to support a defined economy at a particular material standard of living. According to Wackernagel, ‘‘Modern cities and whole countries survive on ecological goods and services appropriated from natural flows or acquired through commercial trade from all over the world.

Research efforts over the past two decades have suggested that city and suburban economic fates are increasingly interlinked, and that metropolitan regions grow healthier faster when urban-suburban disparity issues are addressed (Pastor et al. 2000). Studies also show that paying attention to the needs of low-income people benefits all residents of a metropolitan region (Pastor et al. 2000; Barnes and Ledebur 1998; Voith 1998). America will not achieve equity goals unless the region thrives, and the region cannot thrive unless it is competitive in the global economy.

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