Imagine a sustainable neighborhood. What would you see? Would it look and feel different than the neighborhood you currently live in or near? Certainly we’d see a lot of choices presented to us through the physical form of the neighborhood that can help to reduce resource use and household costs. However, though a lot of choices in the physical form of the neighborhood is a good and necessary start, it’s of less consequence to those lacking access to those choices because of circumstances, background, broader contextual issues, race, or class. Environments of choice need to characterize our cities, but enhancing access to those choices for all residents is equally, if not more, important.

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