Housing Discrimination Not a Thing of the Past

Residential segregation has not gone away since the era of "white flight", says Prof. Thomas J. Sugrue of the University of Pennsylvania. New Census numbers confirm that African-Americans still get shunted into poor neighborhoods.
March 28, 2011, 2pm PDT | Tim Halbur
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Sugrue writes about Detroit, in the news recently for its staggering population loss. At the same time, a record number of blacks moved from the city to the suburbs:

"So far, Detroit's black suburbanization has followed a well-trodden path. Those blacks heading outward from Detroit aren't moving to all suburbs equally. Rather, they move into places with older houses, rundown shopping districts and declining tax revenues. Such towns also typically have poorer services and fewer job opportunities than wealthier suburbs - where, despite strong antidiscrimination laws, it is still harder for blacks to find housing."

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Published on Monday, March 28, 2011 in The New York Times
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