Friday, March 14, 2008

Transportation and Equity event

Joe Grengs, Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Michigan, will discuss "Evaluating Transportation Equity with Accessibility: A Case Study of Detroit." This lecture will take place on Friday, March 14th from 1:30-3:30 pm in Room 345 at UWM's School of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2131 E. Hartford Ave.

If transportation is contributing to social inequalities anywhere, it is most likely happening in Detroit, where racial segregation and job sprawl combine to put the greatest distance between African Americans and jobs of any metropolitan region in the country. The field of transportation has not yet put into practice sound methods for measuring and evaluating social equity, but the concept of accessibility provides the needed measurement tool as the critical link between social equity and the built environment.

This presentation reports on the use of accessibility measures to inform community activists, transportation professionals, and scholars about whether racial minorities and low-income households in the Detroit metropolitan region are experiencing disadvantage in meeting their travel needs.

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