Watch our virtual transportation and economic mobility panel

Charlotte Skyline
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Transportation Planning

How does the ability to move around our city influence one’s ability to move up the economic ladder?

That was the topic of our second Schul Conversation, a virtual discussion series bringing together experts to discuss different aspects of economic mobility in our region. The panel featured Charlotte’s Assistant City Manager Taiwo Jaiyeoba, UNC Charlotte professor Dr. Elizabeth Delmelle, and UCLA professor Dr. Evelyn Blumenberg. 

Transportation is linked closely to upward mobility. As Blumenberg put it: “It’s very difficult to look for a job without a car.”

You can watch the event here: 

This was the second of five planned Schul Conversations, to be held in advance of the Urban Institute’s signature annual convening. The first, on April 20, focused on housing and economic mobility (Watch a video of the first panel on YouTube).

Future conversations will include:

  • August: Health Disparities

  • September: Racial Wealth Gap & Economic Mobility

  • October: Role of Workforce Development

  • November Schul Forum: Moving the Needle in Charlotte and beyond.

The Marianne M. & Norman W. Schul Urban Institute Forum Series was established in 2018 to serve as an annual event focused on policy issues affecting the Charlotte region, convening local leaders, national experts and researchers from the institute and other parts of UNC Charlotte. The institute's first director, Dr. Norm Schul, and his wife, Marianne ‘73, enabled the creation of the series with a generous gift.

This year’s Schul Forum will focus on economic mobility, as well as showcasing the research of the institute’s Gambrell Faculty Fellows.