Regional planning agencies often fail to incorporate community analysis into sustainable urban development schemes because former politically independent urban entities are now aggregated socially and economically into urban networks. The distribution of services and amenities throughout an urban network may be the influence of competing values of regional political units and/or the competitive force between globalized industry and land-use practices. Often Environmental Justice (EJ) communities are incompletely defined by political boundaries, zip code or census tract, or by socio-demographic commonalities like poverty or race. It is argued in this study that communities are unsustainable across a continuum of socio-economic factors and thus need a theoretical reference or statistical comparison to other populations to build a cumulative EJ case. Disparate communities are subject to hazards disproportionately to other communities and need to be defined with wider scope and scale. The suggested method, cumulative impact assessment, reduces some of the inadequacies of EJ policy and research by expanding the assessment methods. The project uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to take into account several additional factors not used by administrators such as economic potential via transportation mobility/accessibility, which may increase the depth and scope of EJ.
|Commitee:||Frey-Spurlock, Connie, Theising, Andrew|
|School:||Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 53/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social research, Environmental Studies, Environmental Justice, Transportation planning, Urban planning|
|Keywords:||Accessibility, Environmental justice, GIS, Mobility, Policy, Transportation|
Copyright in each Dissertation and Thesis is retained by the author. All Rights Reserved
The supplemental file or files you are about to download were provided to ProQuest by the author as part of a
dissertation or thesis. The supplemental files are provided "AS IS" without warranty. ProQuest is not responsible for the
content, format or impact on the supplemental file(s) on our system. in some cases, the file type may be unknown or
may be a .exe file. We recommend caution as you open such files.
Copyright of the original materials contained in the supplemental file is retained by the author and your access to the
supplemental files is subject to the ProQuest Terms and Conditions of use.
Depending on the size of the file(s) you are downloading, the system may take some time to download them. Please be