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USC Study Charts Pollution in Compact Regions – USC News

Public health researchers have encouraged urban planners to reduce sprawl as part of addressing poor air quality and the impacts of climate change. Smarter, more compact development can reduce driving and the resulting levels of particulates and pollution. Study author Lisa Schweitzer, associate professor at the USC School of Policy, Planning and Development, reported that the amount of pollution or driving in a region is only part of the story. In Los Angeles, for example, compact developments have been built in order to ensure that residents have environmentally smart transit access. But some of those apartment buildings have been built next to freeways where pollutants can be at their peak. With multi-family housing and low-income residents, those developments earned the title of “Black Lung Lofts” from LA Weekly

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