In recent decades, many metropolitan areas in the United States have experienced a decline in the population of urban centers and rapid growth in the suburbs, with new schools being built outside of cities and existing urban schools facing closure. These new schools are increasingly larger and farther from residences; in contrast, urban school facilities are often in closer proximity to homes but are also in dire need of upgrading or modernization. This eye-opening book explores the compelling health and economic rationales for new approaches to school siting, including economic savings to school districts, transportation infrastructure needs, and improved child health. An essential examination of public policy issues associated with school siting, this compiled volume will assist policy makers and help the public understand why it is important for government and school districts to work together on school siting and capital expenditures and how these new outlooks will improve local and regional outcomes.
School Siting and Healthy Communities provides a well-researched critical analysis on how the location of a school plays a fundamental role in shaping the landscape within U.S. communities. This eye-opening book is an important read for planners, health professionals, city and county officials, school personnel, parents, and everyone that is interested in creating vibrant, safe, healthy, and equitable cities and schools.—Deb Hubsmith, Director, Safe Routes to School National Partnership