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Equitable Access & Proximity to Foundational Community Assets

Disparities between proximity and access to foundational community assets, such as parks, quality schools, libraries, and public transit, is often a function of whose interests were represented in past decision-making processes. Increasing... Read More

Disparities between proximity and access to foundational community assets, such as parks, quality schools, libraries, and public transit, is often a function of whose interests were represented in past decision-making processes. Increasing inclusive decision-making contributes to more evenness in foundational community assets, which in turn reduces incidents where children inherit conditions leading to negative health, education, and/or economic outcomes.

According to PolicyLink’s Equitable Development Toolkit, equitable access to facilities, services, and infrastructure results from strategies intentionally aimed at ensuring that all community members “participate in and benefit from decisions that shape their neighborhoods and regions.” Communities can work together to decide where to invest and expand benefits, where to establish new facilities, and how to improve services to assure they are more evenly distributed to best serve the population’s needs. This indicator identifies and assesses access to foundational community assets amongst neighborhoods and populations. Data is collected locally.