Creating More Equitable Cities

Does your ZIP code determine your destiny? From the quality of schools to the levels of pollution to the cost of housing, where we live shapes our prospects for the future. Meanwhile, economic segregation is eroding the capacity of cities to play their traditional role — as an engine of opportunity. 

What can be done? How can cities fulfill their promise? And what role could you as an individual play?

Times Opinion columnist Farhad Manjoo sits down with Julián Castro, former secretary of Housing and Urban Development and recent 2020 Democratic presidential candidate; Raj Chetty, professor of economics at Harvard University; and Sonja Trauss, a Bay Area pro-housing activist, to discuss their thoughts on fostering opportunity, fairness and invention. 

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