“No car, no job; no job, no car”: tackling an economic paradox

by | Oct 13, 2020

In part one of a two-part series detailing Northeast Ohio’s transportation paradox and the collective effort of the Paradox Prize to solve it published by Intelligent Transport, the Fund’s Urban and Regional Planner for Mobility Solutions Dominic Mathew explains the no-growth sprawl that has characterized the region and many similar U.S. Midwest metros over the past several decades.

Improving job access has been a focus for the Fund for Our Economic Future for more than a decade. The Fund is a consortium of philanthropic, civic and business entities aligned toward equitable growth and opportunity for an 18-county region that includes Cleveland, Youngstown, Elyria, Akron and Canton. Within the Fund’s threefold strategy of job creation, job preparation and job access, access to jobs includes two complementary efforts: bringing jobs to people and bringing people to jobs.

While the Fund pursues a long-term job hubs strategy1 to develop concentrated areas of traded-sector (industries that sell goods and services outside their local market) employment, getting to jobs that pay a living wage is an immediate need, especially for low-income residents and communities of colour.

The work of the Fund and its partners highlights that long commutes and lack of transportation options not just prevent access to a job, but also to a livelihood. Combined with sprawling development, this leaves much of the region’s workforce with a seemingly insurmountable transportation paradox: no car, no job; no job, no car.

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