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From St. Louis to New Orleans, from Baltimore to Oklahoma City, there are poor and minority neighborhoods so beset by pollution that just living in them can be hazardous to your health. Due to entrenched segregation, zoning ordinances that privilege wealthier communities, or because businesses have found the "paths of least resistance", there are many hazardous waste and toxic facilities in these communities, leading residents to experience health and wellness problems on top of the race and class discrimination most already experience. 

Taking stock of the recent environmental justice scholarship, Toxic Communities examines the connections among residential segregation, zoning, and exposure to environmental hazards.

Drawing on an array of historical and contemporary case studies from across the country, Taylor explores controversies over racially motivated decisions in zoning laws, eminent domain, government regulation, and urban renewal. She provides a comprehensive overview of the debate over whether or not there is a link between environmental transgressions and discrimination, drawing a clear picture of the state of the environmental justice field today and where it is going. In doing so, she introduces new concepts and theories for understanding environmental racism that will be essential for environmental justice scholars.

©2014 New York University (P)2020 Tantor

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Eye opening

This is a tough but necessary topic we should all go out of way to educate ourselves on. There are sad moments peppered throughout the book but you are equipped with knowledge to take steps towards change. The author is extremely well educated but writes to the everyday person.

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insightful

this book has a language that is very specific to the field so stay focused and take notes. very informative and provide insights on real estate and environmental justice