Built Environment Issues in Unserved and Underserved African-American Neighborhoods in North Carolina Academic Article uri icon


  • Urban planning has focused on built environment issues in cities such as urban sprawl, availability of green space, and infrastructure for physical activity. However, in small southern towns, there are built environment issues which currently either are understudied or completely neglected by researchers. In this article, we describe the built environment issues that burden unserved and underserved communities of color in North Carolina. We use a case study of Mebane, NC to describe how neighborhoods of color in this small town have been impacted by environmental injustice through the denial of basic amenities, particularly sewer and water services, and overburdened by unhealthy land uses through inequities in the use of extraterritorial jurisdiction and annexation statutes. These planning inequities create public health risks for residents and nearby populations. 2008, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • Environmental Justice

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Wilson, S. M., Heaney, C. D., Cooper, J., & Wilson, O.

citation count

  • 54

complete list of authors

  • Wilson, Sacoby M||Heaney, Christopher D||Cooper, John||Wilson, Omega

publication date

  • January 2008