This symposium piece explores the current state of our cities with a particular emphasis on political power, education and housing, and examines whether our move away from integration and towards diversity has been a trade worth making. Despite the transformation of most of the largest cities to majority-minority status, the latest data indicate that our housing remains deeply segregated, and urban schools deeply troubled, and in many instances, whites have been able to retain political power. The increased emphasis on diversity has not translated into the expected multicultural renaissance. The essay also explores the emerging issues relating to the ascendancy of Latinos in urban cities, what that might mean for the schools and integrated housing, as well as the prospects for building coalitions between Latinos and African Americans to bring meaningful change to the cities.
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GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 154 GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 154
Michael Selmi, Race in the City: The Triumph of Diversity and the Loss of Integration, 22 J.L. & Pol. 49 (2006).