The Dream Revisited

Contemporary Debates About Housing, Segregation, and Opportunity

Edited by Ingrid Gould Ellen and Justin Peter Steil

Columbia University Press

The Dream Revisited

Pub Date: January 2019

ISBN: 9780231183635

392 Pages

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The Dream Revisited

Contemporary Debates About Housing, Segregation, and Opportunity

Edited by Ingrid Gould Ellen and Justin Peter Steil

Columbia University Press

A half century after the Fair Housing Act, despite ongoing transformations of the geography of privilege and poverty, residential segregation by race and income continues to shape urban and suburban neighborhoods in the United States. Why do people live where they do? What explains segregation’s persistence? And why is addressing segregation so complicated?

The Dream Revisited brings together a range of expert viewpoints on the causes and consequences of the nation’s separate and unequal living patterns. Leading scholars and practitioners, including civil rights advocates, affordable housing developers, elected officials, and fair housing lawyers, discuss the nature of and policy responses to residential segregation. Essays scrutinize the factors that sustain segregation, including persistent barriers to mobility and complex neighborhood preferences, and its consequences from health to home finance and from policing to politics. They debate how actively and in what ways the government should intervene in housing markets to foster integration. The book features timely analyses of issues such as school integration, mixed income housing, and responses to gentrification from a diversity of viewpoints. A probing examination of a deeply rooted problem, The Dream Revisited offers pressing insights into the changing face of urban inequality.
Likely to be the leading reference point for discussion and action for years to come, this must-read volume offers pointed debate among a who’s who of scholars and practitioners. One would need a small library to cover so much critical terrain half as well. More importantly, the dozens of diverse contributors are willing to squarely face fundamental questions about whether racial and economic integration is, in fact, worthwhile for America and, if so, how it can be achieved at a time of dramatic social and technological change. Xavier de Souza Briggs, Vice President, Inclusive Economies and Markets, Ford Foundation
The deep engagement and spirited debate found in The Dream Revisited make it a must-read for political leaders, housing advocates, and researchers seeking to understand the causes and consequences of segregation in America. Segregation anchors our nation’s schools, neighborhoods, and families in inequality. Through a wide range of perspectives penned by top scholars, Ellen and Steil’s volume helps us understand not only how we are divided but how we might finally address one of America’s most vexing problems. Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
Fifty-five years since Martin Luther King’s speech, racial and economic segregation persist. Why? The Dream Revisited is a compelling compilation of the most up-to-date research and policy debate on the most crucial question of our day: how to produce racial and economic equality. It is both a wonderful introduction to these intersecting fields and a great resource for scholars and students of these topics. Wendell E. Pritchett, Presidential Professor of Law and Education, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I: The Meaning of Segregation
Introduction
Discussion 1: Why Integration?
Discussion 2: Comparative Perspectives on Segregation
Discussion 3: Neighborhood Income Segregation
Discussion 4: Suburban Poverty and Segregation
Discussion 5: The Relationship Between Residential and School Segregation
Part II: Causes of Contemporary Racial Segregation
Introduction
Discussion 6: Ending Segregation: Our Progress Today
Discussion 7: The Stubborn Persistence of Racial Segregation
Discussion 8: Implicit Bias and Segregation
Part III: Consequences of Segregation
Introduction
Discussion 9: Explaining Ferguson Through Place and Race
Discussion 10: Segregation and Law Enforcement
Discussion 11: Segregation and Health
Discussion 12: Segregation and the Financial Crisis
Discussion 13: Segregation and Politics
Part IV: Policy Implications
Introduction
Discussion 14: The Future of the Fair Housing Act
Discussion 15: Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing
Discussion 16: Balancing Investments in People and Place
Discussion 17: Addressing Neighborhood Disinvestment
Discussion 18: Place-Based Affirmative Action
Discussion 19: Selecting Neighborhoods for Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Developments
Discussion 20: Public Housing and Deconcentrating Poverty
Discussion 21: Creating Mixed-Income Housing Through Inclusionary Zoning
Discussion 22: Neighborhoods, Opportunities, and the Housing Choice Voucher Program
Discussion 23: Making Vouchers More Mobile
Discussion 24: Gentrification and the Promise of Integration
Discussion 25: Community Preferences and Fair Housing
Conclusion
Contributors
Index

About the Author

Ingrid Gould Ellen is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Urban Policy and Planning at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a Faculty Director of the NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. She is the author of Sharing America’s Neighborhoods: The Prospects for Stable Racial Integration (2000) and coeditor of How to House the Homeless (2010).

Justin Peter Steil is the Class of 1942 Assistant Professor of Law and Urban Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the coeditor of Searching for the Just City: Debates in Urban Theory and Practice (2009).