Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Community Development

Urban Sustainability and Community Development: Creating Healthy Sustainable Urban Communities

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February 1, 2011

Community Development Working Papers

Increased urbanization has also led to many challenges for urban residents. In the United States, land use and zoning, transportation and infrastructure, lack of affordable housing, and disinvestment have severely affected the quality of life of poor urban populations. Despite these challenges, opportunities do exist to make economically disadvantaged urban communities more sustainable, livable, and healthy. This working paper discusses the challenges facing urban communities and then considers the opportunities that exist to develop sustainable urban communities given our current economic climate.

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