Monday, January 15, 2007

For MLK Day:

It remains truly amazing to this day how sharp the difference is between areas that are essentially all Black or all White. There are few neighborhoods within the city, let alone the county, that are diverse in any any meaningful sense.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

While racism is a huge problem in this country (and sadly more so in Pittsburgh), I suspect that the fundamental measure being plotted on this map is economic status (income, etc.). Income-based segregation can only be addressed with a level of government intervention which just won’t happen in this country. Having lived in Toronto for a couple years, I witnessed that government intervention to achieve financial integration can be accomplished. One of the simple tools used was to only grant development permits to mixed-income developments.

Monday, January 15, 2007 10:51:00 AM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

Does this map reflect income segregation? sure. That is almost a tautology with respect to most diversity metrics.

but would reducing income segregation address residential segregation by race. There are some glaring examples in the US that suggest not. In the Washington, DC metro area, Prince Georges County became the first majority black county of a metro area in the US sometime 15-20 years ago. So even as Minorities were able to move into higher income hosuing areas, it just shofted the racial segregation into these areas as well.

here in Pittsburgh.. I should probably measure this myself in some way before saying this but I am pretty sure any segregation index by income is not as high as it is by race. Lots of neighborhoods have a pretty wide range of incomes living in them yet still wind up being predominantly one race or the other.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007 5:18:00 PM  

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