By Henry Louis Taylor, Jr. (click here for the PDF) I. Introduction The life chances of many African Americans are tied to their experiences in underdeveloped central city neighborhoods. The implication of living in these Black spaces was suggested in a provocative question posed by the historian Carol Anderson in her book, Eyes on the Prize, which I paraphrase, “How could … [Read more...] about “Land Values and the Enduring Significance of Racial Residential Segregation” by Henry Louis Taylor, Jr. (Jan-Apr 2021 P&R Issue)
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By Kfir Mordechay (click here for the PDF) Since the Supreme Court ordered the desegregation of American schools in 1954, the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education has yielded both progress and disappointment. The unanimous ruling not only started the process of eliminating de jure racial segregation in education, but also set the precedent for removing the same barriers to … [Read more...] about “Gentrification, Demographic Change, and the Challenges of Integration” by Kfir Mordechay (Jan-Apr 2021 P&R Issue)
By Derek W. Black (click here for the PDF) The original theory of America was quite radical. In a world ruled by kings and queens, our founders sought to turn political power over to average people. This new experiment in self-government depended on educated citizens. Without education, the founders feared democracy would devolve into mob rule and open doors to unscrupulous … [Read more...] about “The American Right to Education: The Northwest Ordinance, Reconstruction, and the Current Challenge” by Derek W. Black (Jan-Apr 2021 P&R Issue)
(Click here for the PDF) In late 2020, the City of Boston announced new legislation amending the city’s zoning code to include affirmatively furthering fair housing requirements. The legislation, effective in March 2021, evolved out of extensive local advocacy efforts and community concern around housing issues, spurred in part by the recent Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) … [Read more...] about “The Making of Boston’s AFFH Ordinance – A Brief Oral History” (Jan-Apr 2021 P&R Issue)
By Olatunde Johnson (click here for the pdf) American society is facing a daunting array of political and social challenges. The ascendance of Trump reflects deep political fissures that seem to have calcified over the last four years. Blatant racist appeals have become part of ordinary politics and our core democratic foundations have been shaken by the emergence of an … [Read more...] about “An Opening: Advocating for Equity in a Polarized America” by Olatunde Johnson (Nov/Dec 2020 P&R Issue)