Residential segregation is one of the primary means by which racial inequities are created and maintained in contemporary society. Groups enter the work on housing by addressing the root causes to homelessness and home ownership, and or improving access to home ownership among groups previously shutout from the housing market. Some work on residential integration by race/ethnicity, some work on addressing the consequences of residential segregation – that is, by improving community safety, education, access to health care, etc. And some groups work on civic and political engagement and power shifts. The resources in this section document the various legal and quasi-legal methods by which segregated neighborhoods are created and maintained.
“By itself, gentrification can’t explain the new geography of race that has emerged since the turn of the millennium... Gentrification is key to understanding what happened to our cities at the turn of the millennium. But it is only half of the story. It is only the visible side of the larger problem: resegregation.”
~ Jeff Chang, We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation
Housing Segregation and Redlining in America: A Short History – Code Switch, NPR
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