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Transit Trends Episode 11: Transportation Equity

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Transportation is a critical link to opportunity, connecting people to jobs, schools, affordable housing, health care, grocery stores, and more. For many Americans, mobility can make all the difference in their ability to meet basic needs, participate fully in community life, and connect and contribute to our national economy. In Episode 11 of Transit Trends, we talk with Anita Cozart, Senior Director at PolicyLink, a national research and advocacy institute that “connects the work of people on the ground to the creation of sustainable communities of opportunity that allow everyone to participate and prosper.”

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Access to Healthy Food and Why It Matters

Monday, November 25th, 2013
Challenges of Access

Healthy food retailers—grocery stores; farmers’ markets; cooperatives; mobile markets; and other vendors of fresh, affordable, nutritious food—are critical components of healthy, thriving communities. As the country inches its way out of the Great Recession and seeks to grow a more sustainable and equitable economy, ensuring that healthy food is accessible to all is crucial. Without access to healthy foods, a nutritious diet and good health are out of reach. And without grocery stores and other fresh food retailers, communities are also missing the commercial vitality that makes neighborhoods livable and helps local economies thrive.

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Maximizing Walkability, Diversity and Educational Equity in U.S. Schools

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

With childhood obesity at an all-time high, many health advocates are calling for greater access to walkable schools as an important element of a comprehensive approach for addressing this epidemic. Children who can safely walk or bicycle to and from school can build physical activity into their daily routine. In 1969, about half (48 percent) of K-8th grade students walked or bicycled to school. By 2009, only 13 percent did so. Many factors, including schools’ locations, have led to this decrease in children walking and biking to and from school.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Lexer Quamie, Counsel, Public Policy Department, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Lexer Quamie is a Counsel in the Public Policy Department of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. At The Leadership Conference, she helps facilitate the development of a federal policy agenda for a broad coalition of civil and human rights groups and analyzes federal current civil rights issues and legislation in the areas […]

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Building Communities of Opportunity: Highlights from President Obama’s 2012 Budget

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

To inform the 2012 budget debate, this document examines primarily two broad arenas—infrastructure investments to grow the economy and connect people to opportunity, and programs that build healthy, stable neighborhoods. These are both critical components in promoting communities rich with opportunity that enable everyone to thrive. We hope that this document will inform the decision-making process of policymakers and fuel the advocacy efforts of those committed to improving the life prospects for our nation‟s struggling communities.

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Pathways Out of Poverty for Vulnerable Californians: Policies that Prepare the Workforce for Middle-Skill Infrastructure Jobs

Thursday, February 24th, 2011
Enrollments and Graduates: Infrastructure Courses

Infrastructure, so long relegated to the background in the worlds of economic policy, urban revitalization, and workforce development, has recently become the center of much more attention. Due to the federal economic stimulus, the growing interest in the green economy, and crises caused by underinvestment in public works, infrastructure has enjoyed a much higher profile of late.

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The Infra Community Responds to the State of the Union Address

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

“…we need the fastest, most reliable ways to move people, goods, and information – from high-speed rail to high-speed internet.”
-President Barack Obama
State of the Union Address, January 25th, 2011

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Healthy, Equitable Transportation Policy: Recommendations and Research

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

In St. Louis, MO, major cuts in bus service this spring left workers, students, disabled people, and elderly residents stranded and feeling bereft. Stuart and Dianne Falk, who are both in wheelchairs, told CNN they no longer would be able to get to the gym or the downtown theater company where they volunteer. “To be saddled, to be imprisoned, that is what it is going to feeling like,” Stuart Falk said…

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A Generational Opportunity

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

As we mark Labor Day 2009, it is a most appropriate time to also begin a major examination (and discussion) of the job development opportunities that are possible with a major national commitment to infrastructure repair. Job training programs, worker education initiatives and so much more, coupled with suitable funding, offers perhaps a generational opportunity. PolicyLink, a “national research and action institute” wants to make sure we take advantage of the situation.

Check out their guide to Bringing Home the Green Recovery on the latest Infra Views post…

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Bringing Home the Green Recovery: A User’s Guide to the 2009 Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

“…the American people are suffering through the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression and the planet is approaching a tipping point beyond which lies climate catastrophe…”

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