January 31, 2012

REMEMBER WHEN DEMOCRATS WERE WAREHOUSING BLACKS IN CITIES?:

Segregation Hits Historic Low: Flight From Rust Belt Cities, Immigration Boost Integration in Cities, Study Says (MIRIAM JORDAN, 1/31/12, WSJ)

An exodus of African-Americans from struggling industrial cities such as Detroit and the growth of Sunbelt states have pushed racial segregation in U.S. metropolitan areas to its lowest level in a century, according to a new study.

The report, released by the conservative Manhattan Institute, said U.S. cities are more integrated now than at any time since 1910, based on analysis of census data from neighborhoods.

Fifty years ago, nearly half the black population lived in a ghetto, the study said, while today that proportion has shrunk to 20%. All-white neighborhoods in U.S. cities are effectively extinct, according to the report.

Immigration and gentrification have helped convert ghettos into racially mixed communities and contributed to diversifying suburbia, said economists Edward Glaeser of Harvard University and Jacob Vigdor of Duke University, who co-wrote the study. "Segregation is as low as we have ever seen it," said Mr. Vigdor. "It's an unprecedented scenario."

Convert all public housing programs into vouchers and empty out the rest of the ghetto.
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