U.S. Hispanic Population Growth Transforms Urban Planning

Jonna McKone looks at how Hispanics are transforming urban spaces and how city planning and transportation policies respond.

McKone looks at the effects of "Latino sprawl" citing the book Urban Sprawl and Public Health, "sprawl more negatively impacts poor people and people of color" and a report by The Brookings Institute which "characterizes some of the key disadvantages of the movement of low-income communities outward to 'jobs-poor suburbs' as causing 'an overreliance on public transportation, which often provides inferior access to and within suburban areas; and spatial mismatch between where the suburban poor live and the locations of important social services.'"

McKone points out "the informal solutions" to urban space issues in Los Angeles noting "[d]ay laborers use wide streets and parking lots to sell services; vendors use sidewalks and the backs of cars for sales, promoting walking and a sense of community."

Thanks to Garrett Bradford

Full Story: Cities in Flux: Latino New Urbanism

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