Climate Clips: This map shows why recent housing construction patterns are troubling news for the climate

Although housing production has ramped up in the last decade in DC proper, close-in suburbs are lagging behind; and both are outflanked by housing construction in exurban communities, according to Census data analyzed by the Brookings researchers. According to the Brookings report, “between 60% and 70% of new housing, each decade was built in counties that have no Metrorail stations.”

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The Joplin Globe
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