The Regional Equity Indicator Project addressed selected regional inequities within the Bay Area of California and was crucial in helping to begin to move a regional equity vision to reality. PERE collected, processed, and mapped secondary data using statistical analyses of the U.S. Census, American Community Survey, and other economic data to illuminate organizing opportunities. This analysis was used as the centerpiece of the State of the Region Summit organized by the Social Equity Caucus of Urban Habitat. The regional indicators that PERE identified in conjunction with the organization were chosen with an eye towards those that the organization could track over time. Indicators that are meaningful and useful across sectors were prioritized so as to galvanize broader support.
This project extrapolated on three intertwined themes of a rapidly changing Bay Area landscape: the new demography, the new economy, and the new environment. Set within the context of rising inequality, rapid demographic change, and the challenge of climate change and its relation to new possibilities for job creation and policy, this project sets forth an analytic and geographic picture that highlights trends and points to possibilities for organizing and policy action. This project was partially funded by Urban Habitat.
Such themes of the possibility for regional equity in the Bay Area are guided by the following key questions:
- How do we maintain diversity and prevent displacement?
- How do we prepare new leadership to step up to the decision-making plate?
- How do we improve job quality, job creation, and job readiness for low-income communities of color?
- How do we resolve the transportation inequities that lead to underutilization of the system?
- How do we prepare the region to fully meet the new environmental challenges and opportunities of a greener Bay and a greener economy?
State of the Region: The New Demography, The New Economy & The New Environment
By Manuel Pastor
State of the Region: Growth, Equity, and Inclusion in the BayArea
By Manuel Pastor, Rhonda Ortiz, Jennifer Tran, Justin Scoggins, and Vanessa Carter