‘Car ownership plants the seeds for upward mobility’
By Scott Beyer
(The Daily Beast)
For decades, urban planners have preached mass transit as the key to economic mobility, but new studies show that improving access to cars may be the best way to help the poor.
Sometimes academic studies are good at officially validating what people already know intuitively. For Americans who wait through lengthy public transportation commutes, it’s common sense that owning a car would offer advantages. Now two recent studies show that cars offer more than just convenience: they can give lower income Americans an economic leg up.
A 2011 Brookings Institute study (PDF
) found that in the 100 largest U.S. metro areas, only 22% of…