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.
November 4, 2010, 2pm PDT | Tim Halbur
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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

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Published on Tuesday, November 2, 2010 in TheCityFix
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