August 01, 2006

The Vicious Cycle: Segregated Housing, Schools and Intergenerational Inequality

Gary Orfield, Nancy McArdle

W06-4: Metropolitan Boston, one of the nation’s largest urban areas, is in the midst of sweeping transformations. It is growing slowly in population but is sprawling ever further from its historic core, mostly with very low density housing in one of the nation’s most expensive markets. Whites are aging, having smaller families, and moving away from the city and the metro area in significant numbers. For the first time in its history, the region’s future is strongly tied to nonwhites, many of them immigrants. But as the population changes, segregation and deeply rooted inequalities persist and may even be deepening, and we lack public policies to address the challenges of social transformation…

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