Spatial Mismatch in Shelby County, TN

Authors: Dennis West*, , Anzhelika Antipova, University of Memphis
Topics: Spatial Analysis & Modeling, Transportation Geography
Keywords: mismatch, transportation, urban
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Poydras, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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Spatial mismatch is the phenomena first described by John Kain in 1968 as “the persistent segregation of minorities, particularly black, in central cities, combined with the increasing suburbanization of metropolitan employment”. Shelby County, TN is a good place for such a study, as it is a long-established area, which has grown and changed over time . Because of the link between poverty and job mismatch, the choice of the study area is justified by the fact that it ranks 4th on a list of America’s poorest cities, according to a poll conducted by CBS in 2015. Through a review of existing literature, as well as an analysis of current data, the following questions will be addressed. How extensive is the spatial mismatch that exists in Shelby County? Does the extent of spatial mismatch have a significant effect on commuters in Shelby County?What role does the public transportation system in Shelby County play in this mismatch? Where possible, solutions to these problems will be discussed.

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