Building for Health & Well-Being

Backyard Junk and Big Boxes: Inequality and Spatial Politics in the Rural South

Fall Conference Proceedings

Author(s): David Franco

Mid-size and small rural communities in the US arecommonly acknowledged as safe and healthy placeswhere life is simpler and it is easier, for example, toraise a family, without the insecurities and stressof urban life. Although in this perception the closercontact with nature appears as a source of healthand life quality, we know that it is precisely in theenvironments in which such contact is more direct–small towns and rural suburbs–, where lifestylesare less healthy and poverty rates are higher, evolvingsince the housing market crisis of 2008 into whatwe now know as the ‘suburbanization of poverty’.

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Billie Faircloth, Howard Frumkin & Sara Jensen Carr