Equitable Access to Communities of Opportunity.
Wallach Hanson, Alex H.
- Abstract: The formula for what people need to thrive is not complex: access to work, education, safety and clean air. These fundamental goods do not mean anything unless people have the political and economic ability to harness them. Cities have historically been seen as the provider of this access for the masses, but white communities have consistently benefited at the expense of communities of ... read morecolor. Further, the lack of equity in access has not been the result of chance but rather conscious choices made by the power brokers who direct urban development. The history of development is one of inequity, but this is not to say that equitable development is impossible. As seen through various case studies in the Boston metro-region, while the past 75 years are strewn with cases of unequal development decisions, recent years have seen a paradigm shift in the language of development to one that emphasizes equity. Now, the challenge is to identify the structural roadblocks to implementation and plan in an integrated manner for a more equitable future.read less