Equity Mapping and the Geography of Opportunity

Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies   (Portland)
Shift Research Lab   (Denver)
Neighborhood Nexus   (Atlanta)

April 2014

Equity mapping uses GIS technology to make the connection between so-called areas of opportunity — places where jobs are relatively plentiful and access to education, healthcare, and other amenities is close at hand — and communities with high concentrations of low-income and minority residents. Several municipalities and regions have taken the lead in equity mapping, and have been applying what they’ve learned in the form of local and regional policymaking. DenverPortland-VancouverAtlantaLos Angeles, and New York City, have been at the forefront of this effort. Read more about their projects and impact below.


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