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The persistent and changing nature of segregation in the nation's
largest metro areas continues to be the topic of much discussion, and
the information found on this web page has contributed to this
discussion. Dr. John Logan presented our initial findings to a wide
audience at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on April 3,
2001. The news conference, organized by Professor Gary
Orfield of Harvard University's Civil Rights Project,
included representatives of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights,
National Council of La Raza, National Asian Pacific Legal Consortium,
and the National Fair Housing Alliance.
Click here for a summary of these presentations, prepared by civilrights.org, with links to the web pages of these organizations.
RESULTS OF OTHER STUDIES
There are two other major sources of information on trends in residential
The Brookings Institution's Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy
released a report, authored by Edward Glaeser and Jacob Vigdor,
on segregation of blacks from non-blacks using data on census tracts.
The Appendix of this report lists values of the Index of Dissimilarity
and Isolation Index for 291metropolitan regions. Click here to connect
to the Brookings report [http://www.brook.edu/dybdocroot/es/urban/census/glaeser.pdf].
The Associated Press compiled data for major cities in 1990 and
2000, calculating the Index of Dissimilarity at the block level
between non-Hispanic whites and each minority group. For more information
contact the Director of AP's Computer Assisted Reporting Department,
Frank Bass (firstname.lastname@example.org). Calculations
were done by Dianne Finch (Dianne.Finch@verizon.net).
Click here to see Dianne Finch's
story on Moreno Valley, CA, the city with the lowest level of black-white
segregation in America. The links below show a spreadsheet listing dissimilarity indices for all cities over 100,000 population:
SEGREGATION SERIES PUBLISHED BY THE
In January 2000 The Detroit News
published a series on "The Cost of Segregation." The series focused
on Detroit and its suburbs; particularly on black-white relations.
Each week the newspaper included a special insert filled with relevant
Cost of Segregation Part I: Racial Attitudes
of Segregation Part II: Paying for Preferences
of Segregation Part III: Where We're Headed
A Community Forum was held in Detroit
on January 18, 2002, sponsored by The Detroit News and WDIV-TV (Channel
4) and led by the national Conference for Community and Justice.
Reports were published as:
Cost of Segregation. Part IV: Community Forum.
On November 3, 2002, the Detroit
News published an update that evaluated the relative importance
of race and class in the Detroit case:
Cost of Segregation Part V: The Impact of Affluence
In January 2002, The Detroit News
conducted "CyberSurveys" of its readers to uncover residents'
attitudes about these issues. Click on any of the cyber-questions
to see the results of the polling and read e-mail messages sent
in by many readers.
the improvement in black/white relations permanent?
segregation end on its own?
segregation hurt blacks?
segregation hurt whites?
segregation hurt Detroit's reputation?
SEGREGATION SERIES PUBLISHED BY
THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL
In January 2003 The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
published a series of stories about black-white segregation. These
stories reported on a study by researchers at a local university
where "integration" was measured as the percent of the
population living in census tracts that were at least 20% black
and 20% white. By this measure, Milwaukee was ranked as average
in "integration," in contrast to widely used measures
that showed Milwaukee to be one of the most segregated metro areas
in the nation.
Though we consider this approach to be flawed, this series of stories is interesting because it reveals the sensitivity of local institutions and
public officials to the realities of segregation. Subsequent letters to the editor, columns by other local journalists, and stories reporting public reaction to the series also illustrate the presence of many diverse views about the Milwaukee situation. Bringing together in one place the full coverage about segregation in Milwaukee may help to inform discussions on this issue in other parts of the nation.
to see this series and related stories.
OTHER MEDIA REPORTS
As new census data are released, the Dr. Logan's research team and others continue to report on the nation's racial and ethnic diversity
and residential segregation. These reports are often in the news and some are reproduced here. Click on the categories below for a
chronological list of stories in each area or scan the headlines also in chronological order:
commentaries on segregation
trends in residential segregation
Segregation in the suburbs
Articles focusing on Asian
Articles focusing on Hispanics
Articles focusing on people of Muslim
Articles focusing on white
Segregation of children
in the black population
change and local politics
The Census Bureau released information on economic and immigration
indicators for metropolitan areas in June 2002. Following are stories
related to issues that we followed closely:
State of the Cities