Also: Plans evolve for a national public housing museum, and the mobile dead zone on airplanes.
What We’re Following
Place a wager: Since 1980, America has shifted toward a knowledge-based economy that concentrates more people and jobs into a smaller number of leading “superstar” cities. That’s grown economic inequality between metro areas, but new research shows it has also generated another disparity within those places: the wage gap.
As America’s largest metro areas have grown, so has the gulf in pay, with wage growth for the highest-paid workers at roughly triple that for the lowest paid. In some cities, the disparity is even wider. Back in 1980, not a single one of the 10 largest metros in the country was among the most unequal for wages. By 2015, five of America’s 10 largest metros—New York City, San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, Houston, and Washington, D.C.—were ranked among the most unequal. CityLab’s Richard Florida has the details: Wage Inequality Has Surged in American Cities
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Eyes on the Tweets
In response to our story last week about the D.C. Metro’s plans to sell station naming rights, public transit consultant and occasional CityLab contributor Jarrett Walker offered a useful analogy on Twitter to something more Americans might relate to: driving.
Navigation trouble is just one of the potential problems with naming transit stations after companies. Another: They give riders the misimpression that transit doesn’t need public money. Revisit Kriston Capps’ story on “namewashing” with Walker’s imagery in mind.
What We’re Reading
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Small American farmers are nearing extinction (Time)
What happened after Trump officials killed a school integration program (Chalkbeat)
The one-traffic-light town with some of the fastest internet in the U.S. (New Yorker)
New York has an old-timey plan to fix its traffic future (Wired)