De Facto Residential Segregation – Illustrated

There has been a lot of blogging already about these very stunning illustrations of residential segregations in major US cities. These are certainly dramatic visuals for anyone teaching race and ethnicity. The legend is as follows:

  • Red = White
  • Blue = Black
  • Green = Asian
  • Orange = Latin

This is Chicago:

This points to the failure of urban policy and urban development in terms of integration as well as the persistence of structural and institutional discriminatory practices such as redlining and racial steering that even voucher policies have not been able to offset. And Chicago is not the most drastic example.

The other examples are just as dramatic:

Interestingly, the famous liberal cities of the Pacific Northwest (Portland, Oregon and Seattle) are very white. And Detroit is very dramatic in the absolute contrast.

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