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Summary of American Metropolitics

An Activist's Guide to Metropolitics

David Broder: Suburbs in a New Light


MARC's Research:
The Pattern
of Social Separation
and Sprawl



The Metropolitan Area Research Corporation (MARC) is a non-profit research and geographic information systems (GIS) firm with a history of service to the public interest, government, philanthropy, academia, and private research institutions. MARC's expertise lies in presenting cutting edge demographic research through the striking spatial display of data.

MARC's Objectives

MARC's objective is to study growing social and economic disparity and inefficient growth patterns ("sprawl") in metropolitan areas, and to assist individuals and groups in fashioning local remedies that promote:

Bullet Greater equity in local resources and reinvestment in developed areas.

Bullet Land-use planning that protects environmental assets, makes the most efficient use of infrastructure, and provides for affordable housing in all metropolitan communities.

Bullet Responsive and accountable regional-level decision-making in the area of transportation and other areas of regional governance.

Bullet Reduction in concentrated poverty and racial segregation.

In metropolitan areas across the country, broad public awareness of growing social and economic polarization and sprawling, inefficient land use has greatly increased. This awareness has been fostered by MARC'S detailed regional analyses of social, economic, and regional growth using geographic information system (GIS)-based maps. These maps, which illustrate a common pattern of distress in central cities, older suburban communities, satellite cities and low tax base developing communities, assist in building metro-majority political coalitions to enact regional reforms.




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440 maps of socio- economic, fiscal capacity, race and land use trends.



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