While there are plenty of similar anecdotes of families struggling to get by in the city, researchers are trying to quantify the equity gaps in things like jobs, transportation and health – who’s impacted the most, and why?
“A lot of those times you can trace back inequalities to money, but sometimes it’s not about money,” said Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Institute for State and Local Governance at CUNY – the City University of New York.
His organization has developed a process to measure and score these various categories. It uses a lot of existing local data, supplemented with other resources, like public surveys. It was piloted in New York City a few years ago. Now it’s expanding to Pittsburgh.