It often seems that every week brings a new report underscoring metro Atlanta’s woeful sprawl and its host of associated ills. Well, here’s a bit of better news. A report to be released today ranks the growth of walkable areas in the country’s 30 largest areas, and here's the stunner: Atlanta comes in eighth place.
The study examined the correlation between sprawl and economic mobility. People who live in high-sprawl metro areas have lower rates of economic opportunity than those who live in more densely developed cities. “A low income person in a compact area has much better access to jobs,” said lead research Reid Ewing.
In an interview with National Journal published yesterday, two-term Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin was asked about the metro region's abysmal ranking for social mobility and how economic inequality could—or should—be addressed by local politicians.