It is often clear when quality of life provided to human inhabitants by the built
environment falls below a universal threshold.
Slums – the quality of life for residents is reduced directly by the density
of people in a given area coupled with non-functioning environments
Some cases are less clear…
when the causes for reduction in quality of life are not spatially proximal or of
direct accessibility by sensory perception:
– a low income neighborhood is near a dump site that accepts toxic waste without proper containment measures.
– rural areas that have chemicals leached into their groundwater as a result of less-than-stringent transportation or were polluted in a time when there were no rules on transportation of toxic substances and people are still unaware of or trying to mitigate effects.