Communities And Sprawl Report Released

Urban, older suburban, and rural communities arefighting back against the destructive impact of urban sprawl.

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September 17, 2000, 9:00 AM PDT

By Laura Kraft

Urban, older suburban, and rural communities arefighting back against the destructive impact of urban sprawl, says a newstudy by The National Neighborhood Coalition. Sprawl, the report says,has drained resources, jobs and families from city neighborhoods,leaving behind intense pockets of poverty, strangling the suburbs intraffic congestion, and isolating residents from jobs and services. The study, "Smart Growth, Better Neighborhoods: Communities Leading theWay" details the problems created by unchecked growth and examines howgrassroots organizations are tackling the crisis. It features 15 casestudies of community, neighborhood, and faith-based organizationsworking to promote a strong community voice in growth decisions andensure an equitable distribution of regional resources among allcommunities especially low-income and minority neighborhoods. The studystresses transportation, housing, education, planning and land use, andintegrating neighborhood goals with regional planning.

Thanks to Laura Krafft

Monday, September 18, 2000 in National Neighborhood Coalition


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