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Growing Apart

A Political History of American Inequality

Colin Gordon, Author

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Mapping the Unequal City

The history and dimensions of racial and economic segregation in American cities have been extensively documented. These patterns were rooted in private forms of restriction or discrimination or segregation, and then replicated or reinforced by public policies—including federal housing policies, federal mortgage insurance, local zoning, and urban renewal. The pattern varies by city, and can be traced in work which explores the distinct history of key settings. 

Web resources on patterns of local segregation include:

Colin Gordon, Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City
Documents historical patterns and policies of segregation and discrimination.

Pew Research, Residential Segregation by Income
Maps low-, middle-, and high-income households for the 10 most populated metro areas.

Rich Blocks Poor Blocks
A map of income and rent in every neighborhood in every city in America

New York Times, The Marathon Route’s Evolving Neighborhoods
Maps the evolving racial and income demographics of New York City neighborhoods.

Measure of America, The Opportunity Index
Maps economic opportunity by state and county.
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