Sprawl City: Race, Politics, and Planning in Atlanta 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1559637909
ISBN-10: 1559637900
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Island Press; 1 edition (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559637900
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559637909
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,733,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book tells the "story" of environmental racism that has and is being perpetuated not only in Atlanta, but in all major cities across America. The magnificent work of the Environmental Justice Center has another, and wider platform to reach the masses. The chapter on public transportation is a defining piece of work. Mr. Torres' use of GIS technology to analyze the issues has taken the tool to new heights. Every school of planning should have this book read by their undergraduate and graduate classes. This is what's missing!!
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4 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Another consumer on April 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is a left-of-center read which only needs one simple rebuttal: the Atlanta metropolitan area and surrounding suburbs growth are directly correlated with an innate desire by white people to live as far away from Black people as possible.

When whites abandon one suburb for another, the character of that suburb falls upon the new majority population. The same truth is for a county as well. Clayton County GA, for example, went from 90 percent white in 1980 to almost 90 percent Black in 2012. Where a thriving community with top schools once existed, you now have in Clayton County the lowest property values in all of Georgia and the worst school system.

Mute testimony to what happens when the productive members of a community say 'enough' and move, leaving those who cause the problems and are not able to make a city run on their own are placed in the position of being responsible for their own destiny .

The Black Undertow folks. It's real. Damn real. Dressing it up as some sort of treatise on 'environmental racism' is covering up the real truth.

Don't bother with this turkey.
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