What is equity?
Equity is when all members of a community work together to create access to an inclusive, resource-rich environment that recognizes and removes barriers. It means fair treatment for all parts of a community, not certain groups.
Here's an example: a sidewalk with a curb is something you may not think about if you have a fully-abled body – you step up and down onto the curb with no problem. However, if you're elderly, or if you use a wheelchair, or need to push a baby stroller, that curb might give you some trouble. Thinking about how that sidewalk can be designed to meet everyone's needs -- that's equity. It's about each of us getting what we need to survive or succeed based on where we are and where we want to go.
We want to be a city of opportunity for all.
That means equitable access to opportunities for everyone. As Charlotte continues to grow, we must be intentional about providing equitable access to jobs, housing, transportation, goods and services, and other opportunities so that we ALL benefit from future growth and are ALL part of a thriving community.