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Over time, communities developed with a focus on segregating housing from commercial uses, with attention given to the role of the commuting worker. There's been far less focus on the basic needs of everyday life — such as getting to the grocery store or finding quality child care. This segregation has created challenges for women, families and older people. The importance of recognizing these groups is now being acknowledged. Read »


Vintage, 1950s-era woman dressed up and baking in her suburban kitchen.

Family life and gender roles have changed since the 1950s. Many land-use and zoning policies have not. — Photo from

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