“Certain ecological conditions can intensify the health disadvantages of some groups. promoting the emergence of unhealthy lifestyles mired in risky and dangerous behaviours. They can concentrate persons with already limited options into areas that, because of their ecology, further restrict the lifestyle options, social supports, and health resources  available to them. There are clearly unhealthy places… Those with the greatest resources generally reside in areas containing low levels of risk, while those with limited resource find access restricted to undesirable areas with the greatest amount of risk. Thus, the ecology of risk follows fairly straightforward patterns in which people are segregated according to their abilities to gain housing.”

– Fitzpatrick & LaGory (2011) Unhealthy Cities, p. 94-95

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