It’s a Feature, Not a Bug: Inequality in Liberal Cities

At the November 10, 2015 Republican presidential debate, candidate Rand Paul said that inequality in cities -- the gap between the rich and poor -- "seems to be worst in cities run by Democrats." His comment received rousing applause from the audience, and much media attention. To be fair, Paul got the data right (for …

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When ‘To Protect and Serve’ Becomes ‘To Shame and Ridicule’

The disparity between the "haves" and "have nots" is perhaps nowhere more striking than in New York City. One end of the economic spectrum is best symbolized by the array of new condominium skyscrapers reshaping the city's skyline (top price, $95 million). Pan down 1,000 feet or so, and the economics shift just as precipitously. At …

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The Good and the Bad of the Capital Bikeshare Member Survey

Capital Bikeshare’s 2014 Member Survey indicates that even as Washington D.C.’s bikeshare service has grown by leaps and bounds, its users have become older, whiter, and wealthier. Most company executives would be happy enough with these demographics. Wealthy customers? Yes please. Washington’s business community, in fact, was a tough sell on this new transit option. …

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Cash Bikeshare Memberships as a Way to Address Equity

The new year is seeing a new way for Arlington County residents to obtain Capital Bikeshare memberships: with cash. The pilot program, called Arlington Resident Cash Membership, begins this week. It is intended to bring the membership service to the “unbanked” residents of the county. Despite Capital Bikeshare‘s huge success — it routinely competes with New York’s …

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Shared-Use Mobility and Low-Income Americans

The past decade has seen an explosion in shared-use mobility. Bikeshare, carshare, and rideshare services have become welcome transportation options for Americans. They are even leading people to rethink the need for car ownership altogether. But how well do these new services connect low-income Americans with jobs and opportunities? They could do better, according to …

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Transportation Costs Not Considered Enough in Housing Decisions

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab, published on November 25, 2013] The 2010 Census shows that the D.C. metropolitan region has the highest median income in the country, at more than $84,000. In fact, a popular Wall Street Journal article recently touted the “New Gilded Age” of the nation’s capital. So it is perhaps not surprising that no …

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Strategies Detailed to Remedy DC’s Affordable-Housing Crisis

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab, published on January 30, 2013] Lack of affordable housing is an unintended consequence of a region’s success, and can certainly be seen in the Washington D.C. metro area. As the public demand for walkable neighborhoods has increased, low- to moderate-income residents are being priced out of those neighborhoods. And unfortunately, the public …

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