The Big Representation Gap in Austin's Regional Planning
Angie Schmitt shares news of a recently released report [pdf] examining the gender, race, and geography of decision-making boards represented in the Austin region’s Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO).
Jay Crossley completed the study, with crowdfunding to support the project, and arrived at an unsurprising finding: "women, people of color, and urban residents are significantly underrepresented at CAMPO — with potentially profound consequences for transportation policy."
Schmitt shares several of the visualizations from the report, to illustrate the massive disconnect between CAMPO's boards and the populations they represent. Crossley promises to explore question of how much the skewed representation affects transportation policy in the second phase of the project.