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14.5: Improving Urban and Rural Life
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- Explain the value of a sociological perspective for addressing urban housing and crowding problems.
- Many of the problems of urban and rural life were addressed in earlier chapters. The strategies discussed in these chapters to address these problems thus also apply to the problems examined in this chapter.
- Many urban problems are associated with poverty and racial discrimination. Reducing these problems should help relieve urban problems.
- The characteristics of rural areas that often make them so appealing also lead to certain problems that are especially urgent in rural areas.
For Your Review
- How do you think American cities should try, if at all, to reduce traffic congestion?
- Are urban problems worse than rural problems, or are rural problems worse than urban problems? Explain your answer.