This is where SAVI analysts regularly share the stories and studies that have caught our eye. These are the latest ideas in socioeconomic, policy, and data viz trends.

Chicago Policy Review: How Public Bus Routes Can Deconcentrate Poverty and Promote Equity

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Author: Andrew Miller

In a paper titled “Public transit access and the changing spatial distribution of poverty,” Pathak, Wyczalkowski and Huang analyze the link between public bus routes and the geography of poverty in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Using tract-level U.S. census data from 1970 to 2010, the authors found that the presence of a public bus route in Atlanta’s suburban census tracts is associated with a 2.32 percent increase in the poverty rate on average, compared to census tracts without bus routes. Public bus routes attract low-income residents because they offer an affordable means of transportation.”

NPR: Subsidized Housing May Help School Districts Retain Teachers

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Author: Jenie Lindsay

This NPR story highlights the work of Near Eastside Area Renewal and the development of their Teacher’s Village. Lindsay says, “Indianapolis Public Schools lose about 400 teachers each year. In an attempt to stem that, a new housing project in the city is targeting teachers.”

Brookings: Metro Monitor 2017 Dashboard

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Authors: Richard Shearer, Alec Friedhoff, Isha Shah, Alan Berube

The dashboard “tracks the economic performance of the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas along three dimensions: growth, prosperity, and inclusion. These represent the pillars of successful economic development which should encourage robust long-run growth (growth) by improving the productivity of individuals and firms in order to raise local standards of living (prosperity) for all people (inclusion).”

Here’s a glimpse at the 2010-2015 numbers. Out of the top 100 metro areas, Indy ranks 45th in growth, 79th in prosperity, and 79th in inclusion. We’re above average in job growth, but a lagging median wage and climbing relative poverty is what puts us near the bottom in the inclusion measure.

Compare this to nearby metros Columbus, Ohio (16th in growth, 18th in prosperity, and 31st in inclusion) and Louisville (34th in growth, 23rd in prosperity, and 78th in inclusion).

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