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Opportunity and Risk in State and Regional Climate-Planning Efforts--Some Lessons from the Field

By Michael Rawson & Mona Tawatao

The growing awareness of the harmful effects of greenhouse gas emissions has forced state and local governments to adopt new strategies for changes in land-use and transportation planning. The risk in these changes is that reducing developable land area can also lead to increased  housing prices, gentrification, and the displacement of lower-income and minority households. However, with these changes come opportunities for advocates to instill awareness of the potential effects of climate action on lower-income communities, to gain support for affordable housing, and to combat segregation and exclusionary zoning.

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