Urban Sprawl of Hazardous Waste

Cities’ shape-shifting nature means businesses are constantly coming and going—leaving behind hundreds of millions of pounds of hazardous waste. Regulators seldom deploy historical data on the leftover waste.

But in the new book Sites Unseen: Uncovering Hidden Hazards in American Cities, sociologists Scott Frickel and James R. Elliott draw upon industrial databases in 4 cities, examining how environmental hazards are distributed.

Frickel advises that cities must look back to move forward: “Cities are historical processes, and you can't just pretend that some new technology and a new transportation infrastructure is going to make everything OK,” Frickel says.

Pacific Standard

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