Monday, July 2, 2012

Mixedmetro project visualizes neighborhood racial and ethnic diversity

About the mixedmetro project:

The mixedmetro project is interested in visualizing the racial and ethnic diversity of US metropolitan neighborhoods and where mixed-race couples live in US metropolitan areas.

Emily Badger writes about the MixedMetro project in The Atlantic Cities: 
Watch These American Cities Segregate, Even As They Diversify - Emily Badger, Jun 25, 2012

Data from the 2010 Census have offered up another benchmark for use in tracking the feel-good demographic story of America's steady desegregation. Edward Glaeser and Jacob Vigdor looked at the latest statistics earlier this year and went so far as to declare, in a widely circulated paper for the Manhattan Institute, that we have reached "THE END OF THE SEGREGATED CENTURY."

There is a certain cognitive dissonance to much of this data: Nationwide statistics suggest more blacks and whites now live side-by-side, but plenty of communities have seen no such effect. It appears as if the once-prevalent all-white neighborhood has gone virtually extinct. But its all-black counterpart has not.

Researchers Richard Wright, Steven R. Holloway, and Mark Ellis have offered a more useful way to think about this: New forms of diversity are emerging in America, but so, too, are new forms of segregation.

Carl Webb
East Sixth Street

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