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Many core urban neighborhoods with low transportation costs also lack amenities like affordable places to buy quality food.

Many core urban neighborhoods with low transportation costs also lack amenities like affordable places to buy quality food.
Courtesy Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation via Shelterforce.org

What is the impact of including transportation costs in siting policy for low-income housing? What other factors should be included? Phil Tegeler, the executive director of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council (www.prrac.org), and Scott Bernstein from the Center on Neighborhood Technology (a partner with Reconnecting America in the Center for Transit-Oriented Development) participate in an interesting point-counterpoint in the latest issue of Shelterforce magazine.

Tegeler: Part 1: We Need a Better Measure of Opportunity

Bernstein: Part 2: Consider Transportation Cost to Make Fair Housing Practical