As the issues of racial injustice in the United States have made headlines for almost the past year now, many issues of inequality and privilege in many aspects of life have been brought to light. The history of transportation in the U.S. has shown the suburbanization in the 1950’s has left many American minorities, especially Black Americans, socially excluded from better opportunities. A case study in Chicago, arguably one of the most segregated cities in the U.S., included a map of all the neighborhoods in the city seeking a relationship between racial segregation and availability of transportation modal options. The data also included all the infrastructure and was weighed in an Entropy equation for each neighborhood, which then gave each one a score. With neighborhood score as the dependent variable, a linear regression was done, with independent variables including dissimilarity index, income, household size, and safety. The results yielded an increase in all independent variables except for household size, but not large enough for the results to be statistically significant. Therefore, racial segregation and availability of transportation modal options did not have a statistically significant relationship. Results were discussed with a personal experience of visiting some of the neighborhoods and photography to describe the setup of the infrastructure in the respective neighborhoods.


Fitz Gibbon, Heather


Urban Studies


Urban Studies and Planning


Segregation, Transportation, Modal Choice

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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