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By M. Paloma Pavel, Carl Anthony

Activists, analysts, and practitioners describe leading edge thoughts that advertise fit neighborhoods, reasonable housing, and available transportation all through America's towns and suburbs.

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Suburban residents are worried about congestion, sprawl, and the negative ways their neighborhoods are affected by a culture built around the automobile. Business leaders are concerned about their workers’ being able to afford reasonably priced housing near their workplaces. Groups in the inner city—frequently teaming up with community development corporations—are organizing for healthy communities and environmental justice through solutions such as mixed-income housing, transitoriented development, and public transit that links people to jobs and other regional opportunities.

20 Chapter 2 Pitfalls and Challenges of Regional Equity Work Because the regional equity movement centers on an economic development agenda rather than a purely redistributive agenda, the combination of research, organizing, and action is critical to its success. Finding the balance is crucial: careful research informs the movement’s work; organizing fosters long-term civic engagement and builds public will for change; and policy action at the local, state, and federal levels institutionalizes a vision for reform.

SECTION 1 Moving Beyond Apartheid in the Next American Metropolis The first chapter of section 1 is written by Cynthia M. Duncan, founding director of the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire. Outlining past priorities of community developers, Duncan traces patterns that have led to deep unrest in rural and urban centers and describes the new coalitions that are working to alleviate poverty and restore trust in our basic institutions. She suggests how traditional approaches to community development can be reinforced in vital ways by new rules at the regional level.

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