Income and social segregation in Boston

This Boston Globe piece is certainly required reading for those looking to understand the dynamics of race, income and “social segregation”—all linked, of course, because communities are inherently shared. And I’m sure these concerns are true of many urban and suburban areas in the U.S. I love the history of some Massachusetts towns the story provides.

From the article:

“Robert D. Putnam, a Harvard social scientist, argues that the biggest threat to national cohesion is not the income inequality that has drawn so much scrutiny from the news media and the political class, but the social segregation that inequality has helped to create — in where people live, where they go to school, and whom they marry.

‘We just don’t know how the other half lives,’ said Putnam, whose book “Our Kids” traces the growing class divide in his hometown in Ohio. ‘It constrains our sense of reciprocity. It constrains our sense of what we owe to one another. We are less and less a community.’

Low-income people bear the brunt of the new segregation. Research shows that poor kids who grow up in poor neighborhoods attend college at lower rates, earn less money as young adults, and are more likely to become teenage parents than poor kids who grow up in better-off neighborhoods.”


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