New: Bay Area Equity Atlas

A new equity data resource, “The Bay Area Equity Atlas,” has been released.

By Victor Rubin, PolicyLink, June 6, 2019.

The Bay Area economy is experiencing phenomenal growth, yet rising inequality and displacement are making it impossible for working-class people and communities of color to stay and thrive — ultimately undermining the region’s future.

This first-of-its-kind tool brings the power of the National Equity Atlas to the local level, providing 21 equity indicators — from income growth to police use of force to voting — for 271 geographies across the region.

The data is nested within a narrative about how and why bolder equity strategies are key to solving the Bay Area’s racialized inequality and housing insecurity. And the numbers, charts, and maps are complemented by policy solutions, examples, and residents’ stories of challenge and progress.

The Atlas was produced by a partnership between the San Francisco Foundation, PolicyLink, and the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE). It has the potential to bolster grassroots efforts, inform news stories about the region, and elevate equity in the local policy debate.

For more information, contact the project director, Sarah Treuhaft, at sarah@policylink.org.