Environmental equity in central cities

Socioeconomic dimensions and planning strategies

David Pijawka, John Blair, Subhrajit Guhathakurta, Sarah Lebiednik, Suleiman Ashur

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Abstract

This study presents the case of a neighborhood in South Phoenix, Arizona, where latent feelings of inequity in the community were heightened by a serious contamination incident. The incident amplified perceptions of environmental risk and reinforced perceptions of distributional, procedural, and process inequities. Housing prices within the affected area continue to reflect a risk-induced discount when compared to those in adjacent and similar neighborhoods. The property value diminution in the affected area has occurred despite assurances of governmental agencies that residual contaminants are within safe limits. The article concludes with a number of strategies for planners, which should help strengthen planning processes that involve environmental equity considerations in the central areas of our major cities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-123
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Planning Education and Research
Volume18
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1998

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Environmental equity in central cities : Socioeconomic dimensions and planning strategies. / Pijawka, David; Blair, John; Guhathakurta, Subhrajit; Lebiednik, Sarah; Ashur, Suleiman.

In: Journal of Planning Education and Research, Vol. 18, No. 2, 12.1998, p. 113-123.

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Pijawka, David ; Blair, John ; Guhathakurta, Subhrajit ; Lebiednik, Sarah ; Ashur, Suleiman. / Environmental equity in central cities : Socioeconomic dimensions and planning strategies. In: Journal of Planning Education and Research. 1998 ; Vol. 18, No. 2. pp. 113-123.
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