Equity Atlas Toolkit (Coalition for a Livable Future)
1000 Friends of Oregon spearheaded the creation of the Coalition for a Livable Future, an alliance of community groups in the Portland area dedicated to addressing the links among a variety of issues, from housing to water quality, food security to urban design, economic inequality to transportation choices. The purpose of the Coalition for a Livable Future is to protect, restore, and maintain healthy, equitable, and sustainable communities, both human and natural, for the benefit of present and future residents of the greater metropolitan region.
Land use planning, affordable housing strategies, transportation reform, equitable distribution of government finances for schools and social services, inner city revitalization, economic vitality, enlightened urban design, preservation of open spaces, and economic and social justice are all interconnected determinants of metropolitan livability. The Coalition for a Livable Future represents an attempt to bring together activists and experts from all of these areas to speak with a common voice in their efforts to influence public policy on regional issues like tax base sharing, the proposed South/North light rail, and the responsibility of all communities in the region to provide their fair share of affordable housing.
This also provides an equity atlas, a tool that enables us to understand how well different neighborhoods and populations are able to access the resources and opportunities necessary for meeting their basic needs and advancing their health and well-being. By providing a visual depiction of disparities, equity atlases can play a powerful role in guiding policy, planning, and strategic investments to create more equitable communities.