Economic Mobility

North Carolina

Charlotte Mobility Plan Centers Improved Multimodal Options and Economic Mobility

The city’s newly approved Strategic Mobility Plan highlights the need for better options when it comes to walking, biking, and public transit, setting a goal to reduce driving to half of total trips.

July 13, 2022 - Smart Cities Dive

For Rent

Americans Find it Increasingly Difficult To Move

High housing costs and low supply are making it harder for American families to move as household dynamics and job opportunities change.

May 30, 2022 - The New York Times

Coronavirus Streets

Cities Should Take Advantage of Low Car Traffic to Accelerate Transit Construction

Beverly Hills is taking advantage of empty streets by accelerating construction on the Purple Line Subway extension currently cutting its way across Los Angeles. More cities should follow Beverly Hills' lead.

April 2, 2020 - James Brasuell

Seattle Transit

Giving Thanks for Public Transit

When going around the Thanksgiving table today, giving thanks for our friends and family to hear, don't forget to mention the environmental, social, and economic benefits of public transit.

November 28, 2019 - CityLab

Chelsea

Walkable Neighborhoods Set the Stage for Upward Mobility, Study Says

New research out of the University of Virginia makes the case for walkable neighborhoods as incubators of economic mobility.

November 11, 2019 - University of Virginia

Suburban Home

Report: Housing Choice Vouchers Fall Short of Intended Goals in Houston Region

The Housing Choice Voucher program is intended to provide new opportunities for low-income Americans to live in higher-priced neighborhoods, but few recipients of vouchers are taking full advantage of those opportunities.

October 16, 2019 - Rice Kinder Institute for Urban Research

National Memorial Day Parade

Where to Find the 'Opportunity Bargains' of Economic and Social Mobility

A few blue-collar cities proximate to Boston offer case studies of the "opportunity bargains" identified in the 2018 Opportunity Atlas published by Harvard and Brown universities an the U.S. Census.

October 15, 2019 - The Boston Globe

Prospect Park Bike Lane

Bike Infrastructure and Economic Opportunity

A study from the University of Minnesota documents how bike infrastructure can connect workers to jobs, maps job accessibility and ranks U.S. cities by bike access to jobs.

August 6, 2019 - Streetsblog USA

Map Kid

Kids and Urbanization

The question of whether there is space for children in rapidly changing cities was under investigation in two recent studies with somewhat contradictory findings.

August 5, 2019 - Rice Kinder Institute for Urban Research: The Urban Edge

Chicago Train Commute

Planners Can Help Increase Opportunity and Fairness

Transportation and land use planning decisions affect economic opportunity and mobility—the chance that children become more economically successful than their parents. We can help create more equitable communities.

July 24, 2019 - Todd Litman

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Hand Drawing Master Plans

This course aims to provide an introduction into Urban Design Sketching focused on how to hand draw master plans using a mix of colored markers.