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  • On the Washington Post's website, Michael Shank of Georgetown University discusses the role of race in neighborhoods of the nation's capital city. Shank cites the MixedMetro project:

    Anacostia: Why I have faith in the future of my neighborhood

    By Michael Shank, Published: November 14


    As it happens in D.C., so too does it happen in America. This year researchers at Dartmouth, the University of Georgia, and the University of Washington looked at Census neighborhood data to compare trends in racial diversity and found that highly diverse neighborhoods are actually rare; African-Americans remain concentrated in segregated neighborhoods and newly-arrived immigrants continue to settle in concentrated racial residential patterns.

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  • US News and World Report's blogger Jeff Nesbit discusses the MixedMetro project in At the Edge:


    Study of Census Data Finds a Segregated America, Especially for Blacks - Jeff Nesbit, July 24, 2012

    While some have called the 21st century the end of segregation in American society, new research comes to a very different conclusion.

    Researchers at Dartmouth, the University of Georgia, and the University of Washington decided to look at neighborhood data from the U.S. Census in 1990, 2000, and 2010 to compare trends in racial diversity. They then created "cartographic visualizations" of 53 large metropolitan areas and every state in the United States. What they found might--or might not--surprise you.

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  • 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. Wright, a professor of geography at Dartmouth, explains it this way in the following video: [read more]

  • Dartmouth professor Richard Wright discusses the evolving geography of segregation and diversity in Atlanta:

  • Bonnie Barber covers the MixedMetro project for Dartmouth Now:
    Racial Diversity Increases, But Segregation Persists Says Geography Professor - Bonnie Barber, June 14, 2012

    While census data shows racial diversity is increasing in major cities across the United States, highly diverse neighborhoods are still rare, newly arrived immigrants continue to settle in concentrated residential patterns, and many African Americans remain concentrated in segregated neighborhoods, according to recent research by Richard Wright, professor of geography and the Orvil E. Dryfoos Professor of Public Affairs.

    Wright and two colleagues -- Steven R. Holloway of the University of Georgia and Mark Ellis of the University of Washington -- examined neighborhood tract data from the 1990, 2000, and 2010 U.S. censuses and created "cartographic visualizations" of 53 large metropolitan areas and every state in the United States. Their maps showing the changes in neighborhood racial configuration in these cities can be viewed here.

    While there are no longer neighborhoods "that are all white or all black," Wright says segregation still persists. [read more]

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