Transportation Location and Environmental Justice: A US Perspective

This chapter examines the impacts of transportation on toxics release inventory (TRI) facility locations in the United States of America (USA) and the relationships between the location and other socio-economic elements of the urban landscape in an assessment of spatial inequities. The analyses are based on extending previous research conducted in the Cleveland Metropolitan Area. The new research question is whether transportation infrastructure, particularly highway and road access, influences the siting, location and use decisions of noxious facilities. Systematic considerations of such locational decisions is lacking in current social science research. Although there is a considerable literature on the role of transportation in the location of firms, housing, retailing, and a variety of other land uses as well as a literature on risk assessment of natural and man-made hazards, the link between these literatures is quite limited. The next section reviews the research on environmental justice concerned with the geographical coincidence of TRI facilities, releases, and poor and minority populations. The third section discusses a small but growing literature on transportation and environmental justice. The fourth section presents the findings of the analysis with respect to Cleveland, and the final section of the paper concludes with some generalizations and hypotheses for future research.

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    • Published as Volume 5, Handbooks in Transport series, ISSN 1472-7889.
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    The Boulevard, Langford Lane
    Kidlington, Oxford  United Kingdom  OX5 1GB
  • Authors:
    • Haynes, Kingsley E
  • Publication Date: 2004


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: First
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 43-63
  • Monograph Title: Handbook of Transport Geography and Spatial Systems

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  • Accession Number: 01004063
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0080441084
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 23 2005 7:10AM