Hi all. We’re happy to share our paper published in Nature Communications on the relationship between mobility in urban areas and the diversity of people we encounter: 55% of experienced income segregation is due to mobility patterns. Using a large-scale mobility dataset of 4.5 million mobile phone users in 11 large American cities, we show that income segregation experienced in places and by individuals can differ greatly even within close spatial proximity. Even “across the street”. Places have different income segregation. On average local shops are more segregated by income than museums, art venues, or airports. Factories are more segregated than offices & some types of restaurants more segregated than others. But there is large spatial variability so the experienced income segregation depends not only on where we live but also on their mobility patterns and the places we visit. We use well-know mobility + segregation models to understand that dependence. Basically, people that are explorers (place and social) are the ones that are less segregated. Our results show that we should complement the understanding of urban residential segregation with studies of how mobility happens beyond neighborhoods.
Paper -> Mobility patterns are associated with experienced income segregation in large US cities | Nature Communications
Article about it -> Mobility patterns influence how we experience income segregation in our cities — MIT Media Lab
Check the diversity of your favorite place in our “Atlas of Inequality” -> inequality.media.mit.edu
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