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Unformatted text preview: l also take time and resources to arrest suburban sprawl and the negative impacts it has had on central ci ties. Clearly, people of color organizations that have long track records in civil rights have a ready-made issue in transportation equity and smart growth. They need only seize the issue as their own. Without transportation equity, many of our nation's ne ighborhood revitalization efforts, brownfields redevelopment, location-efficient mortgages, transit-oriented development, and related smart growth initiatives will be difficult, if not impossible, to implement. Building a Transportation Equity-Smart Growth Movement Race still matters in the United States, and running from it solves "hing. Addressing social equity and improving race relations needs to be explicit priorities in transportation equity and smart growth initiatives. Racial polarization is impeding community and economic develop in almost every metropolitan region that has large Concentrations of people of color. Dismantling racial barriers and institutional racism would go a long way towards boosting financial incentives and reinvestment in centralcity neighborhoods. ft makes little sense to have only white men and women in suits talking to each Other about solving regional air pollution, transportation, sprawl, and overall quality of life problems. Transportation planning is too important to be left solely in the hands of urban planners, many of whom drive cars, seldom use public transit, and have few real world experiences with poor people and 194 HIGHWAY ROBBERY people of color. Having transit riders on the local or regional transit provider's board and metropolitan planning organizations is a good first step in broadening stakeholder input into decision -making. However, serving on boards or sitting at the table is not sufficient. There must be some real power-sharing with poor people and people of color and other underrepresented groups before real change and real solutions are possible. There must be a national strategy to develop and disseminate transportation equity and smart growth messages to everybody involved in the equitable transportation movement to make sure our voices are heard loud and clear. 22 | P a g e Mass Transit Affirmative BDL Answers to: No Riders [____] [____] Increased government support of mass transit resolves the main reasons people don’t use mass transit Prum and Catz, 2011 - * Assistant Professor, The Florida State University AND ** Director, Center for Urban Infrastructure; Research Associate, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Irvine (Darren and Sarah, “GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSION TARGETS AND MASS TRANSIT: CAN THE GOVERNMENT SUCCESSFULLY ACCOMPLISH BOTH WITHOUT A CONFLICT?” 51 Santa Clara L. Rev. 935, 971-972)//AWV Within the context of transit (and depending on the consumer’s location), the ability to select between viable substitutes becomes an issue where policy makers wish to use transit options as part of an overall greenhou...
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