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The strength of local cross-sector partnerships will determine whether systemic inequities in employment and financial security will be maintained or disrupted.
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Black, Indigenous, and people of color; people with disabilities; the elderly; and people with irregular work schedules often face significant barriers to finding safe and affordable means of transportation to work.
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Urban researchers equipped changemakers with real-time insights they needed to develop evidence-based solutions, both for immediate COVID-19 relief and long-term recovery.
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The federal government has historically not invested much in funding transit operations. But the CARES Act allocated $25 billion to transit, potentially setting a new precedent.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of public space, demonstrating that it’s more than a “nice to have” amenity. But not everyone has access to quality parks.
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Businesses hit hard by COVID-19 include restaurants, retail stores, beauty stores and spas, bars and nightlife venues, and fitness venues—key components of commercial corridors.
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People in rural areas deserve the same access to life-improving resources, services, and evidence as those in urban areas.
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A new analysis finds that support for transit referenda in the 2020 elections is likely to come from more racially diverse communities and denser communities located near the proposed transit investment.
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Businesses are often absent from cross-sector conversations, but they have unique ideas, resources, and influence that could contribute to impactful change.
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And three ways researchers and journalists can strengthen rural research and reporting.

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