Exploring the link between urban connectivity and social segregation
Studies show that planning with a connectivity focus has improved movement in underprivileged and segregated neighborhoods, which in turn has helped to regenerate those areas. However, a certain Swedish study demonstrated that the implementation method matters; while segregated neighborhoods benefit from increased connectivity, wealthier areas still benefit the most from it. This is because increased connectivity across the board continuously improves connectivity in already well-connected areas. As a result, when policies are implemented piecemeal, the trend of relative segregation continues. The study concludes that future investments should aim to balance more and less segregated regions and should be large enough to disrupt current segregation trends.