Presentation on theme: "The State of Equity in Metro Boston November 26, 2012 Boston Alliance for Community Health Jessie Grogan, Policy Analyst Metropolitan Area Planning Council."— Presentation transcript:
The State of Equity in Metro Boston November 26, 2012 Boston Alliance for Community Health Jessie Grogan, Policy Analyst Metropolitan Area Planning Council
What is MetroFuture? A vision for the region we want, building on the region’s strengths and investing in our residents 65 goals, supported by hundreds of objectives, for Greater Boston in the year 2030 13 implementation strategies, with hundreds of specific recommendations, designed to help the region achieve its goals A constituency of 5,000 “plan builders” who will work to accomplish the MetroFuture goals
How MAPC has defined “Equity” "’Equity means all people have full and equal access to opportunities that enable them to attain their full potential.” - King County, Washington developed this definition
Selected MetroFuture Equity Goals #15: There will be less regional segregation as all municipalities increasingly reflect Metro Boston’s growing diversity. #16:Low-income households will be able to find affordable, adequate, conveniently located housing. #24: Residents in all communities and of all incomes will have access to affordable, healthy food. #38: More minority and immigrant workers will have opportunities to advance on the career ladder, acquire assets, and build wealth. All the MetroFuture goals are at www.metrofuture.orgwww.metrofuture.org
The State of Equity in Metro Boston: Indicators Report and Key Findings
Tracking Progress to MetroFuture Regional Indicators Reports will monitor the region’s progress towards achieving the MetroFuture goals. First come “baseline reports” that establish the numbers against which progress will be measured. Future reports will tell us whether we are moving towards our goals - or away from them.
For Every 100 People Year Year 20102030 72 White69 28 Minority group population31 18 Born in another country23 24 Under 20 years old23 25 Over the age of 5533 Current Trends: Diversity Our “Regional Street” is Changing
Adults, as they try to make a good living, build a home, and stay healthy Children, as they try to grow up healthy, learn, and play Seniors, as they try to remain active, retire comfortably, and stay connected Teens and Young Adults, as they try to learn, stay safe & out of trouble, and become independent Inequity Impacts Us All…
The State of Equity in Metro Boston: Developing a Policy Agenda
Updating the MetroFuture Agenda How is the region doing? Key findings from the indicators Why do we see what we see? “Drivers” behind the facts How can we reach our goals? Agenda for policy change
Why is our region inequitable? Unequal wealth distribution Uneven distribution of pubic goods Structural racism Lack of access to information and power Changing decision- making Expand access to information and power Use fiscal policy to increase equity Build systems and structures of inclusion Changing outcomes Create opportunities for housing choice Ensure that all the region’s places are high-quality Develop the region’s human capital Let’s get started! Increase resident leadership in local decision-making Co-locate affordable housing and transportation Improve access to high- quality education Ensure that all the region’s neighborhoods are healthy Make the income tax structure more progressive IssuesNeeded ChangeActions
Five key initiatives: I.Increase resident leadership in local decision- making II.Co-locate affordable housing and transportation III.Improve access to high-quality education IV.Ensure that all the region’s neighborhoods are healthy V.Make the income tax structure more progressive Draft Action Agenda
Potential components: Develop new models for funding urban park maintenance Provide financial and/or technical assistance to encourage bike shops to open in underserved neighborhoods Develop zoning laws and general plans to integrate equity and health goals Designate state and municipally-owned housing as smoke-free Healthy Neighborhoods
What set of activities should make up an initiative to make all the region’s neighborhoods healthy? What are the greatest needs of the residents in the communities where you work? Who are the key players MAPC should work with to advance this initiative? What do you think?
Jessie Grogan Policy Analyst Metropolitan Area Planning Council email@example.com 617-451-2770 x 2022 Questions? Comments?