Geography of Opportunity Race and Housing Choice in Metropolitan America

ISBN-10: 0815708734
ISBN-13: 9780815708735
Edition: 2005
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
Publication date: 7/21/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 353
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

A popular version of history trumpets the United States as a diverse "nation of immigrants," welcome to all. The truth, however, is that local communities have a long history of ambivalence toward new arrivals and minorities. Persistent patterns of segregation by race and income still exist in housing and schools, along with a growing emphasis on rapid metropolitan development (sprawl) that encourages upwardly mobile families to abandon older communities and their problems. This dual pattern is becoming increasingly important as America grows more diverse than ever and economic inequality increases. Two recent trends compel new attention to these issues. First, the geography of race and class represents a crucial litmus test for the new "regionalism" -- the political movement to address the linked fortunes of cities and suburbs. Second, housing has all but disappeared as a major social policy issue over the past two decades. This timely book shows how unequal housing choices and sprawling development create an unequal geography of opportunity. It emerges from a project sponsored by the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University in collaboration with the Joint Center for Housing Studies and the Brookings Institution. The contributors -- policy analysts, political observers, social scientists, and urban planners -- document key patterns, their consequences, and how we can respond, taking a hard look at both successes and failures of the past. Place still matters, perhaps more than ever. High levels of segregation shape education and job opportunity, crime and insecurity, and long-term economic prospects. These problems cannot be addressed effectively if society assumes that segregationwill take care of itself. Contributors include William Apgar (Harvard University), Judith Bell (PolicyLink), Angela Glover Blackwell (PolicyLink), Allegra Calder (Harvard), Karen Chapple (Cal-Berkeley), Camille Charles (Penn), Mary Cunningham (Urban Institute), Casey Dawkins (Virginia Tech), Stephanie DeLuca (Johns Hopkins), John Goering (CUNY), Edward Goetz (U. of Minnesota), Bruce Katz (Brookings), Barbara Lukermann (U. of Minnesota), Gerrit Knaap (U. of Maryland), Arthur Nelson (Virginia Tech), Rolf Pendall (Cornell), Susan J. Popkin (Urban Institute), James Rosenbaum (Northwestern), Stephen L. Ross (U. of Connecticut), Mara Sidney (Rutgers), Phillip Tegeler (Poverty and Race Research Action Council), Tammy Tuck (Northwestern), Margery Austin Turner (Urban Institute), William Julius Wilson (Harvard).

William Julius Wilson, an American sociologist, received his Ph.D. from Washington State University in 1966 and teaches at the University of Chicago. His scholarly work, written from both historical and sociological perspectives, has concentrated on the condition of African Americans living in inner cities, especially the underclass. He stresses urban divisions separating the middle class from the poor.

Foreword
Introduction
More pluribus, less unum? : the changing geography of race and opportunity
Can we live together? : racial preferences and neighborhood outcomes
How racial discrimination affects the search for housing
The dual mortgage market : the persistence of discrimination in mortgage lending
Expanding housing choice and integrating neighborhoods : the MTO experiment
New capabilities in new places : low-income black families in suburbia
Beyond the projects : lessons from public housing transformation in Chicago
The persistence of segregation in government housing programs
Connecting smart growth, housing affordability, and racial equity
The rise and fall of fair share housing : lessons from the twin cities
Fair housing and affordable housing advocacy : reconciling the dual agenda
Equitable development for a stronger nation : lessons from the field
Politics and policy : changing the geography of opportunity

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