Put simply: As the rich cluster together, the poor get poorer, because the effects of living in poor neighborhoods are passed down from one generation to the next. That’s why dismantling economic silos within a city can boost its total well-being and economic health.
The Equity Project seeks to do exactly this in North Texas by starting worker-owned collaborative business in areas where people most need the opportunity build wealth for themselves and their neighbors. Where are these areas in North Texas? ESRI’s Mapping Incomes StoryMap provides a useful tool for answering that question. By selecting the “Nationwide” option and then zooming in to North Texas, we can view the distribution of annual income among households in North Texas. Each dot in the diagram represents a census tract. The dots are color coded in four tiers.
Looking more closely at the upper and lower end of the economic spectrum, this StoryMap highlights the degree to which census tract varies from the national average.
As both visualizations demonstrate, the southeast quadrant of Fort Worth and the south central area of Dallas provide high concentrations of households living at or below $25,000 per year. These are the target areas for Equity Project worker-owned cooperative businesses.