In many cities in the United States sprawl has contributed to substantial racial isolation.  Sprawl has come about in part through land use and other policies that have the effect of removing incentives to invest in urban areas. Those policies, plus inequitable housing practices, impact the basic quality of life for communities of color, often via poorly resourced education, limited transportation options and having to stay in high crime areas. Obviously, this situation creates challenges for many of our largest cities and many smaller communities. Resources in this section all explore the concept of 'Regionalism;' that is, the sharing of skills, policies, amenities, tax burdens and resources across municipal boundaries, in order that communities can function as cohesive entities instead of perpetuating harmful racial patterns and policies.

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