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Inclusive and sustainable development of modern communities

1.Definition and background

There are many different understandings of the term “inclusive”, so there are many different definitions of “inclusive community”. One sentence in the Sustainable Development Goals succinctly states the meaning of inclusive cities: “Leave no one behind.” Inclusive cities should enable everyone in the city to participate in urban planning, access high-quality public services, and benefit from the city’s prosperity.(Avaliable at:

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2.The content and significance of inclusive communities

In many parts of the globe, relations between ethnic and religious groups that once coexisted more or less amicably are now fraught with aggression and violence. This disturbing trend has far-reaching international implications, threatening efforts to protect the planet’s ecosystems and narrow the gap between rich and poor. Stressing the need for immediate action, George Rupp urged the secular West to consider the continuing power of religious faith and seek ways to fully embrace the diversity of the world. Inclusive communities need to include ethnic, historical, environmental, disabled, religious, land use and so on. Equality needs to be achieved along with community building.The discussion now focuses on mixed land use and community environmental issues.

3.Mixed use of land and sustainability within the community

“You can create situations that are more or less equitable just by starting with your land use plan.” —Chuck Smith of Preston Development Company, developer of Chatham Park. Mixed land use has positive effects on inclusive community building. This results in greater conservation of land resources and maximizes the use of community land area. At the same time, multi-functional space is created to meet the needs of more people, such as the combination of commercial space and housing space, green space and housing space, green space and commercial, industrial space, leisure space and open space. To create a more harmonious and comfortable community life circle for working people, disabled people, elderly people, young people and different races.

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  1. Rupp, G. (2016) Beyond individualism : the challenge of inclusive communities.
  2. Burby, Raymond J., and Shirley F. Weiss. 1976. New Communities U.S.A. Lexington, MA: Lexington Books.
  3. Ducker, Adam, Kelly Mangold, and Lorry Lynn. 2019. Attainable Housing: Challenges, Perceptions, and Solutions. Washington, DC: Urban Land Institute.
  4. Ewing, Reid H. 1991. Developing Successful New Communities. Washington, DC: Urban Land Institute.

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