A great piece talking about the income divide in the way we implement livable streets. The people whose lives could be most radically transformed by this renewal are often the last to benefit (if at all). The example of Portland, Oregon is poigniant:

Portland, Oregon is known nationally as a bikeable, walkable, livable place to call home. For many wealthier upper middle-class neighborhoods, this is true. Venture a ways outside the city core to the working class communities east of 82nd avenue and the livability reputation doesn’t ring so true. In fact, Portland spends only 3% of its transportation dollars east of this high-volume surface highway strewn with drive-thrus and endless parking lots. So the question must be asked, whom exactly are we building livable streets for?

Livability 101: Portland’s Livable Street Problem – the Equity Gap – Blooming Rock via Google+ Motorized Vehicle Hegemony