Inequality in the District: not just income but businesses too

Blog post by Christina Plerhoples Stacy, Brett Theodos, Carl Hedman
August 3, 2015

Urban–Greater DC   (Washington, D.C.)

In DC, the distribution of businesses is highly unequal. This distribution is important not only because residents of underserved areas lack places to shop, eat, and receive services, but also because they have less access to the jobs available at these businesses. Many economists even argue that spatial mismatch—that is, the mismatch between where good jobs are located and where low-income workers live—is a root cause of inequality in the labor market.