Many studies show that integration could solve many societal problems, including underperforming schools and the achievement gap. Yet Americans’ unwillingness to discuss race is precisely why the issue isn’t even on the table, especially within the political spectrum, and it leads to the issue being
By Jon Sung, Oak Park Regional Housing Center Summer Intern At the center of urban policy discourse lays the concept of residential segregation. Where you live can dictate the level of access to public services, future earning potential, and thus, one’s the quality of life.
“Racism isn’t a problem here.” “Talking about race only causes divisiveness.” “We have a black president—doesn’t that mean racism is in the past?” When we talk about race, these responses always come up at some point. While many of us wish that racial divisions were
Wicker Park, Chicago; Park Slope, Brooklyn; and Pilsen, Chicago all have something in common — gentrification. Gentrification is commonly understood as a point when a public or private investor or developer rehabilitates real estate, increasing the original low cost of rent and ownership. Affordable housing
Over the past couple of months, I’ve had the good fortune to speak to various audiences around the country about Oak Park and the Housing Center’s work to promote and sustain integration. In addition to being able to share our model with others, I’ve learned