Two coffee shops occupy the same block in Boston. Yet while only feet apart, each serves an incredibly different mix of clientele. The first cafe's clientele is composed of many different income brackets, while the second caters almost exclusively to people with lower incomes. MIT Media Lab's Atlas of Inequality shows just how filtered, sheltered or sequestered many people’s lives really are, through an interactive database that houses the ‘place inequality’ metric – a measurement of how people of different incomes, rich or poor, tend to cluster in some public spots.
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