Charlotte, North Carolina has long been thought of as a hub of financial prosperity, but that’s far from the truth for a large number of communities enduring poverty in this area. There exists many barriers to upward mobility that were put in place by political, corporate, and social policies systematically trapping local families in poverty for generations.
For those who have never dealt with poverty, understanding the challenges these families face is in itself a challenge. They rely on the assumption that everyone has an equal chance at prosperity, and are therefore at fault for their own lack of financial success.
Parity Project is an interactive data visualization installation that simulates how barriers to upward mobility impact access to individual and community wealth, in an effort to combat the assumption of equality and to inspire empathy.
What's At Stake
A growing number of communities are facing increasing concentrations of poverty. As poverty deepens, governments move resources from impoverished areas to wealthier communities, companies close or move to more sustainable areas, and communities are stripped of an equal voice in their governance. A combination of social, corporate, and government policies that privilege the wealthy are forcing large numbers of Charlottean families into generational poverty.
If we don’t begin to challenge our assumptions of equality and poverty, then future generations will continue to become disenfranchised.