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The Human Faces of Data

Data alone won’t reveal the context and causes of racial disparities in transportation, policing and many other municipal services.

A person rides an electric scooter past traffic in Minneapolis. The city has turned to real-time data on where scooters are located to ensure they are accessible to low-income residents.

A person rides an electric scooter past traffic in Minneapolis. The city has turned to real-time data on where scooters are located to ensure they are accessible to low-income residents.

Photographer: Ariana Lindquist/Bloomberg

(The following is the second of two Perspective pieces about how cities can use data to create racial equity. Read the first one here.)

Data can present stark examples of racial disparities in communities, but the policymakers charged with devising solutions are often learning about these challenges in reports loaded with numbers and charts.