Place matters: metropolitics for the twenty-first century
University Press of Kansas, 2001 - Business & Economics - 349 pages
Three distinguished scholars challenge us to put the urban crisis back on the national agenda, both as a moral challenge to our conscience and an economic challenge to America's prosperity and our families' pocketbooks. Focusing on the growing concentration of poverty in our cities and older suburbs and the mounting costs of suburban sprawl, they argue that these problems have political origins and can thus be resolved through political means -- but only if we fully understand the power of place.Despite modern telecommunications -- faxes, linked computers, etc. -- where we live shapes our lives and fortunes as much as ever. Place affects our access to jobs and public services (especially education), our access to shopping and culture, our level of personal security, the availability of medical services, and even the air we breathe. Economic segregation is increasing in American metropolitan areas -- the rich and poor continue to move apart from one another. This has devastating effects on those who are forced to live in areas of concentrated poverty. But it also imposes costs, often unrecognized, on middle class and rich families who in their effort to escape the problems of concentrated poverty, undermine the quality of their own lives by suffering the effects of unrestricted sprawl.The central thesis of Place Matters is that economic segregation between rich and poor and the growing sprawl of American cities and suburbs are not solely the result of individual choices in free markets. Rather, these problems have been powerfully shaped by short-sighted government policies. The first order of business must be to overhaul those policies. In the process, both urban and suburbancitizens will gain a keener awareness that they are all ultimately bound by common interests and share a common fate.Not simply another polemic on the plight of the inner-city poor, Place Matters provides a practical road map
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Review: Place Matters: Metropolitics for the Twenty-First Century (Studies in Government & Public Policy)User Review - EW Lewis - Goodreads
Had to read this book for a summer course in my masters program. My biggest issue with the text is that it is highly biased. The tone used to describe Republicans and Conservatives at times verges on ... Read full review
Review: Place Matters: Metropolitics for the Twenty-First Century (Studies in Government & Public Policy)User Review - Goodreads
eh. textbook in summer.
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The Facts of Economic Segregation and Sprawl
The Costs of Economic Segregation and Sprawl
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