Transit Deserts: Failing to Provide Access

Desiertos de transportación pública. Tremendo concepto para dar a conocer el problema gigantesco de justicia social en nuestras ciudades y campos. Sin transporte una creciente proporción de la población no tiene acceso al trabajo que los puede sacar de la pobreza.

The Field

A student "hacking" in Morgan Park, North East Baltimore, Maryland image: Diane Jones Allen, 2013 A student “hacking” in Morgan Park, North East Baltimore, Maryland
image: Diane Jones Allen, 2013

The story of Detroit resident James Robertson, who, due to patchy bus service, walked 21 miles as part of his daily commute to get to a factory job 23 miles away in the suburbs where he earned $10.55 an hour, captured the public imagination in February 2015 when his story was publicized. It generated a crowdsourcing response of over $350,000, and a local Ford dealer’s donation of an automobile. While the outpouring of generosity solved one man’s transportation issues, it failed to provide for the rest of the fragmented Detroit metropolitan region, or other regions facing similar issues, crippled by suburbs that intentionally choose to opt out of regional bus service. While Baltimore is comparably better served by public transit than other metropolitan regions, its African American residents have provided their own highly effective…

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