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October 2, 2018 / Kendra Allen, Editor

A new ‘Opportunity Atlas’ analyzes economic mobility across the country

INCOME | The Census Bureau and Opportunity Insights, a research and policy group based at Harvard University, have partnered to create the Opportunity Atlas, a map that allows users to see the economic prospects of children in certain areas of the US based on variables like incarceration rates, median household income, and others. (Citylab, 10/1)

The map reaffirms that neighborhoods matter, but also provides insights into how much and why. “Having that granularity of data really starts to help us ask questions that policymakers weren’t able to ask and answer in precise ways before,” said David Williams, the policy director of Opportunity Insights, a partnership between economists at Harvard University and Brown University that created the map.

Generally, the good neighborhoods tend to have some combination of a few quantifiable traits: less economic and racial segregation, less inequality, better performing schools, lower crime, and more two-parent families. Intangible factors like “social cohesion” may also be at play, Williams said.

RACISM | Last week, WRAG and Leadership Greater Washington sponsored a civil rights learning journey in the south. Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG’s president, discusses her reaction to learning more about the terrorism Black people endured before and during the civil rights movement in the US. (Daily, 10/2)

RELIGION‘We Are Not At The End With God’: Gentrification Leads Historic D.C. Church To Close (WAMU, 10/1)

HEALTH | A new congressional report found that 3.5 million Maryland residents could lose their health insurance due to age, gender, or a pre-existing condition because the administration will not enforce provisions of the Affordable Health Care Act. (Baltimore Sun, 10/2)

NONPROFITS | Many Hands is now accepting applications from nonprofit organizations serving women, children, and families in the Washington, DC area. Learn more here (Many Hands, 10/2)

PUBLIC SAFETYCanceling Kavanaugh Isn’t the Only Justice Survivors Need (Rewire.News, 10/1)


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