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Racial Division and Concentrated Poverty in U.S. Cities

Bruce Katz

In this presentation, Bruce Katz provides an overview of current patterns of racial and ethnic separation in the United States, using the Chicago, Washington DC, and New Orleans metros as case studies. He shows how racial segregation relates to the problem of concentrated poverty and describes the broader effects on job access, educational attainment, and other social outcomes. He identifies past public policies that have served to exacerbate these problems, and concludes by discussing some current policies that aim to reverse the trends of racial and socioeconomic separation.

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