Annotated Bibliography 6: Insidious And Persistent

Ross, Janell. “‘Insidious And Persistent’ Residential Segregation Called Out In Study.The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 03 Aug. 2011. Web. 21 Feb. 2016.

As the title of the article suggests, the epidemic of residential segregation continuous to be a problem and it is exactly this topic which the article talks about in detail. The first piece of evidence that is presented is a 2010 study conducted as a joint undertaking of Brown University and the Russell Sage Foundation. It indicated that “ethnic identity trumps income as a predictor of where people live.”  It also states that among even the more affluent members of minorities, chances are they will also end up living in areas where low income and poverty are more prevalent. It then goes on to explain that the problem with this statistic is that even if minorities attain higher education and thus, a higher income, they are still likely to end up living in areas where resources such as school and jobs are lacking or deficient. According to the article, this is problem persists because of the way public housing projects have been cut and how decisions in the real estate market are unconsciously driven by race on behalf of the agents and the customers (whites and minorities all included).

Although this article doesn’t necessarily talk much about the built environment itself, it dose a great job of backing up the other articles I’ve chosen, with facts about the state of residential segregation. It further drives the point home that although many things have been done to combat this problem, it isn’t enough. Rules and laws have been set in place to make it seem like discrimination is no longer a thing in the housing market but in reality, it is alive and well.

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