This week, we’re talking transit! Interestingly, staff from all across our organization found themselves drawn into books and articles about transportation and transportation equity. Our #GoodReads explore themes, investments and awards – from issues of infrastructure, to housing, to resilience – that promise to better connect low-income people to opportunity.
Transportation and Equity
Move: Putting America’s Infrastructure Back in the Lead - By Rosabeth Moss Kanter
Recommended by Elizabeth Reynoso, Assistant Director, Public Sector Innovation
I’m planning to read this book soon, as part of my research for the City Accelerator. I love transportation equity issues and I am a cyclist/public transit devotee. But, I’ve also seen another side of transit. I have helped people coming home from prison get back their driver’s licenses (showing up at court, getting fees reduced, removing arrest warrants, etc.) so they could access jobs that were not located on a bus route or not serviced for the third shift they got. I worked on accessibility to healthy food in Newark, locating and promoting farmers’ markets that accept SNAP so that residents could access food from multiple bus and subway lines. Relatedly, I worked with food policy directors around the country to nudge the USDA to shift their “food desert map” to reflect a more accurate reflection of food access, to acknowledge the need for more stores in denser parts of the country like cities where people tend to rely on public transportation rather than drive. I am eager to read about how Rosabeth addresses these issues.
Recommended by Ellen Ward, Senior Investment Associate, Capital Innovation
On Monday Dow Constantine, the Executive of King County, Oregon announced an $83 million plan to build affordable housing near transit centers. This plan builds off the extensive work that the entire region has done through the Greater Transit Communities Strategy and illustrates the power of collaboration among multiple government jurisdictions in the same region. It also provides additional support for the equitable TOD fund we are working to develop through our Connect Initiative with Enterprise Community Partners. Ultimately, it’s a big win for increasing the supply of affordable housing for low-income people near transit with increased access to the jobs and amenities they need to improve their economic well-being.
Recommended by Jeff Raderstrong, Associate, Collective Impact
The Knight Foundation announced the 2015 winners of its Knight Green Line Challenge—a yearly award given to projects focused on making the Green Line transit corridor in St. Paul a better place to live and work. This year’s winners are all ideas that will create more welcoming spaces for residents and employees. Projects range from creating a new walkway to the building of “street furniture.” Check out all the winners!