Upward Mobility


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

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The Neighborhood Effect: How Place Impacts Upward Mobility

A new blog post from Jonathan Rothwell discusses the impact of neighborhoods on upward mobility.

November 18, 2014 - Brookings Institution

Maintaining Social Mobility Amid Salt Lake City's Changing Demographics

A study released in 2013 ranked Sat Lake City fifth in upward mobility, but critics say that the study reflected an earlier era. Now with changing demographics, the Salt Lake is redoubling efforts to maintain opportunities for all of its citizens.

April 30, 2014 - National Journal

Size of A City's Middle Class Predicts Poor's Economic Mobility

Researchers find that among the largest 100 metro regions in the U.S. , those with a larger middle class, provide higher economic mobility.

September 6, 2013 - The Atlantic Cities

Upward Mobility Correlates to Walk Score

New data supports Paul Krugman's contention that sprawl inhibits the American Dream.

August 10, 2013 - Better! Cities & Towns

Atlanta Sprawl

Bemoan Atlanta, as Well as Detroit, Writes Columnist

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman looks at two great American cities, one losing population for decades and now filed for bankruptcy, the other growing rapidly but through sprawl, not smart growth. Yet Atlanta suffers lower social mobility.

August 4, 2013 - The New York Times - The Opinion Pages

America's Geography of Opportunity

A new study presents the 'most detailed portrait yet' of the places in America where opportunities for, and obstacles to, upward mobility abound. The Southeast and industrial Midwest are the most difficult places to rise out of poverty.

July 22, 2013 - The New York Times

An Urbanized and Unequal Planet

In this piece from Metropolis, Joel Kotkin argues that as the world urbanizes, cities are becoming increasingly unequal and do not provide the opportunities they once did.

February 25, 2011 - Metropolis

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