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Access to Growing Job Centers in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area.

Author: 
Luce, Thomas, Myron Orfield, and Jill Mazullo.

Like most metropolitan areas, the Twin Cities has seen significant decentralization of population and jobs during recent decades. Although these trends have not been as dramatic in the Twin Cities as in many other metropolitan areas, development in the region has been unbalanced: growth in a few suburban areas has outstripped the urban core and the rest of the suburbs. These areas have attracted much of the wealth of the region, including high-end housing, transportation funding, and many of the new high-paying employers. This article reports on a study that used a unique data set to investigate job growth, job deconcentration, and commuting patterns in the Twin Cities during the 1990s, including where the job growth is greatest, how suburban jobs have clustered or become more scattered, and commuting patterns. The work focuses particularly on how these patterns affect the opportunity structuresラthat is, the ease of access to growing job centers and adequate, affordable housingラfacing people of color and lower income households. The policy implications are also explored with particular focus on the implications for planners.

Journal: 
CURA Reporter
Publication date: 
2006
Publisher: 
Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
Sponsor: 
Supported in part by a Faculty Interactive Research Program grant from the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), with additional support from grants to the Institute on Race and Poverty from The McKnight Foundation and The Minneapolis Foundation.
Pages: 
36 (1): 3-12.
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Location at CURA: 
Extra copies in Pubs Room - Reporter section
CURA call number: 
Reporter 36 (1)