Suburban sprawl & bad transit can crush opportunity for the poor

Everyone likes the idea of the American Dream — that everyone has the opportunity to work hard and get ahead. And everyone likes the idea of being able to get around town as quickly as possible — no one likes traffic.

There’s an array of economic literature out there connecting the two, showing that places with plenty of opportunities for geographic mobility have more economic mobility as well. But for a city to boost opportunity by boosting transit, the answer is a complicated mix that also includes zoning and picking the right type of transit — perhaps at the risk of displeasing its wealthier residents

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