Income Inequality


The Winners and Losers of Atlanta’s Transformation

The city has reinvented itself in many ways, but its residents are not reaping those benefits equally.

February 9, 2020 - Atlanta

Chicago Bungalows

Mapped: Chicago's Shrinking Middle Class

In 1970, half of the city's census tracts were middle-income. Now, only 16 percent of them remain so. Polarization between the well-off and the poor essentially splits the city in two.

March 3, 2019 - WBEZ 91.5

Macron Protest

President Macron Acquiesces to Yellow Vests' Demands on Fuel Tax Hike

Despite statements to the contrary just a week ago, Macron reversed position and caved to the demonstrators' demands that upcoming fuel tax hikes be suspended.

December 5, 2018 - CityLab

Toronto, Dundas St, Chinatown

New Research Shows Toronto Highly Segregated Along Race and Class Lines

A closer look at the numbers reveals stark divides among Toronto neighborhoods.

October 10, 2018 - Toronto Star

Lafayette BART

City's Opposition to BART TOD Bill Factors into City Manager's Retirement

Steven Falk, city manager for 22 years of the East Bay enclave of Lafayette, expressed frustration with the city's resistance to infill development, calling it incompatible with addressing "the most significant challenges of our time."

October 6, 2018 - SF Gate

Video Games

Donut County: A Villainous Raccoon, a Hole in the Ground, and the Effects of Gentrification

In a new video game, the player is a no-good raccoon wreaking havoc on the world around him.

September 6, 2018 - Los Angeles Magazine

Gated House

Older People Have All the Wealth

"And you know why they made the new twenties? Cause I got all the old ones."

April 27, 2018 - City Observatory

Vota Latino

Hispanic Families Left Behind in the Central Texas Boom

A new report shows the need for Central Texas counties and cities to invest in their Latino populations.

February 15, 2018 - KUT

Atlanta, Georgia, Downtown, Skyline, Dusk

Examining the Income Inequality of Cities and Metro Areas

A rising tide doesn't necessarily lift all boats—even in a time of (mostly) decreasing income inequality at the city level.

February 15, 2018 - Brookings

Monterey-Salinas Transit

Alternative Transportation Pays Dividends for Income Equality in Midsized Cities

A new study finds a connection between multimodality and income inequality in midsized cities.

November 14, 2017 - The Urban Edge

Los Angeles in 1939, as determined by the  Home Owners’ Loan Corporation (HOLC).

Nine Charts That Explain Wealth Inequality

Any way you slice it: the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer.

October 11, 2017 - Urban Institute


Sunbelt Blues: Overlapping Poverty and Inequality

Poverty and inequality are bad things, but what happens when they coincide? A new study points to a startling increase in the number of U.S. counties suffering from both problems.

January 19, 2017 - CityLab

Los Angeles in 1939, as determined by the  Home Owners’ Loan Corporation (HOLC).

Revealed: Inequality And Urban Flight Were Products Of The Federal Government.

If you believe sprawl just magically happened, here's something that visually suggests otherwise.

November 19, 2016 - Modern Cities


Advocates to Harvard: We Don't Need Another Study

After receiving a large grant to study poverty and income inequality, the Hutchins Center of African and African-American Studies finds itself having to justify the need to study the problems, rather than spending that money on programs or services.

November 1, 2016 - The Boston Globe

San Francisco Homeless

San Francisco's Anti-Homeless Camping Proposition Has Tech Billionaires' Backing

San Francisco's Proposition Q, up for vote this November, would place additional limits on homeless camping in the city.

October 14, 2016 - The Guardian

Metro Subway Los Angeles

Infographic: Incomes Along Los Angeles Metro Lines

As Los Angeles weighs the merits of more major funding for Metro Rail projects, the current slate of new routes is already coming online. This graphic depicts median household incomes along existing and future rail lines.

March 21, 2016 - Los Angeles Times

Hospital Signs

Houston's Lower-Income and Minority Communities Face Lack of Access to Medical Care

Maps showing the concentration of medical facilities in Houston, shows a greater density in higher-income areas.

February 1, 2016 - The Houston Chronicle

What subprime crisis? Affordable houses are everywhere.

Rising Rents Leaving the Middle Class Behind

A Harvard study has found that those making $45,000 per year are struggling to meet the increasing cost of rent in cities across the country.

January 4, 2016 - NBC News

Reducing the Mortgage Interest Deduction Could Be a Bipartisan Victory

The Washington Post Editorial Board calls for reform of the mortgage interest tax deduction.

December 9, 2015 - The Washington Post

Atlanta 24-27 Feb 2010

The Nation's Most Equal (and Unequal) Cities

In the United States, urban wealth and poverty are often quite segregated. But they can also be next-door neighbors. This article looks at cities with the highest and lowest levels of income inequality.

December 7, 2015 - Atlanta Business Chronicle

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