Inequality has a geographic footprint. Maps can visually track the history and presence of discriminatory and exclusionary policies that spatially segregate people. Identifying places with gaps in opportunity can help direct future investment and identify structures which impede access to opportunity.
“Opportunity” is a situation or condition that places individuals in a position to be more likely to succeed or excel.
Opportunity structures are critical to opening pathways to success: High-quality education, healthy and safe environment, stable housing, sustainable employment, political empowerment, outlets for wealth-building, and positive social networks.