Urban sprawl stunts upward mobility

How does the built environment affect people’s ability to gain upward socioeconomic mobility? A recent U study led by Department of City & Metropolitan Planning professor Reid Ewing tested the relationship between urban sprawl and upward mobility for metropolitan areas in the United States. Ewing found that the more compact an area, the higher the chance of upward mobility. Ewing is available to speak on the study’s national and local implications in terms of infrastructure and policy.

Reid Ewing, office 801-581-8255, ewing@arch.utah.edu