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Racial Variations in Males' Commuting Times in Atlanta: What Does the Evidence Suggest?

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Using a sample from the comparatively most privileged group of black males, those married and living with a working spouse, this article investigates how race-based residential locations and the spatial structure of labor markets affect commuting experiences. This research uses the most sophisticated commuting data available at the time the research was conducted, the 1990 5 percent Public-Use Microdata Samples for the Atlanta Metropolitan Area, and again confirms severe spatial mismatch problems for central-city blacks, regardless of socioeconomic status, household formation, and access to automobiles. However, the situation with black males living in suburban areas differs significantly as those in the southern (predominantly black) suburbs show considerable evidence of spatial mismatch, whereas the northern (predominantly white) suburbs show no such evidence.
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Keywords: Atlanta; commuting; postindustrial cities; spatial mismatch

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Publication date: 2005-02-01

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