impacts from redeveloping older neighborhoods

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Question: Aside from gentrification I am looking for resources, studies, commentaries  on the impacts from redeveloping older neighborhoods- adding bike trails, or rail lines or TOD and how that can impact social cohesion, or set  up dangerous routes resulting from traffic diversions, construction hazards and rerouting  traditional walking paths in neighborhoods etc.

Reply 1: I wish planners would consider is the high level of pollution next to highways and busy roadways. There is too much enthusiasm for putting walking and biking paths next to heavy traffic, resulting in exposures to people using them. See a couple of our articles: 1, 2, 3

Reply 2: I would highly recommend looking at the resources at the Human Impact Project website.

Reply 3: To your point, ‘what happens going forward as income inequities increase …only those with wealth can afford to buy into those communities while those that don’t have the income and generally have worst health-have to stay in older communities’… An upcoming book “Race, class, power, and organizing in East Baltimore: rebuilding abandoned communities in America” focuses on the patterns of rebuilding in this primarily African American and working poor and low-income community with a

big emphasis on a current rebuilding project (Marisela B. Gomez, Lexington Books, November 2012). … Some of the displacement

and urban revitalization research by M Fullilove, R Wallace, A Geronimus, D Keene, D Harvey and others address your question from different lens by looking at the displaced people and the geographic inequity which results.

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