Magazine article Poverty & Race

David Rusk

Magazine article Poverty & Race

David Rusk

Article excerpt

Assessing his 25 years as local Urban League executive, Rochester Mayor Bill Johnson memorably observed: "For years we prepared ourselves to walk through doors opened by the Civil Rights Revolution . . . but all that time, we failed to realize that real opportunity was being relentlessly relocated beyond our grasp."

"Transportation drives development," author/developer Chris Leinberger writes, and the highwaydriven relocation of good jobs- "job sprawl"- ever farther from where the great majority of African Americans and Hispanics live has been federal/ state transportation policies' worst anti-civil rights impact.

By 2006, the Brookings Institution reports, 45% of jobs in our 98 largest metro areas were located more than 10 miles from the urban core. With job losses hitting city and inner-suburban employers hardest, the next post-recession survey will probably show over half of all jobs beyond the 10-mile zone. …

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