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Integration and Segregation

America's Racially Diverse Suburbs: Opportunities and Challenges (2012)

This study examines increasing racial diversity in the suburbs of the 50 largest metropolitan areas, highlights the opportunities and challenges this trend represents, and proposes policies to promote stably integrated communities.
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Racial Disparities in Criminal Sentencing and Incarceration: Twin Cities and Wichita (2011)

On June 17, 2008, Executive Director Myron Orfield used the accompanying PowerPoint in a presentation at the Soros Justice Fellowships meeting held in San Francisco.
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Minority Suburbanization and Racial Change (2006)

This IRP study tracks racial change in 15 major U.S. metro areas.
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Racial Integration and Community Revitalization (2005)

This article, published in the Vanderbilt Law Review, uses a New Jersey court case—In re Adoption of the 2003 Low Income Housing Tax Credit Qualified Allocation—to illustrate the tension between the FHA and the siting preferences in the LIHTC statute. It highlights a deep legal and philosophical contradiction in the United States between civil rights guarantees—particularly the duty to affirmatively further fair housing—and state and federal low-income housing policy.
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Land Use and Housing Policies to Reduce Concentrated Poverty (2006)

This article, published in the Fordham Urban Law Journal, recommends that land use and housing policies be marshaled to reduce residential racial segregation and concentrated poverty. Such policies should be statewide, or at least regional, in scope. Isolated policies encourage leap-frog development that in turn promotes both sprawl and racial segregation. It also argues that state legislatures must adopt coordinated policy approaches, using Oregon's comprehensive land use legislation as an example of policies that effectively promote affordable housing and decrease urban sprawl.
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The Effects of School Characteristics on Incarceration Rates in Minnesota (2011)

This research traces a group of inmates back to the neighborhoods where they lived when arrested and to the schools they attended to evaluate the relationship between segregation by race and income in neighborhoods and schools and incarceration.
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Choice, Equal Protection and Metropolitan Integration (2006)

This article, published in the Fordham Urban Law Journal, recommends that land use and housing policies be marshaled to reduce residential racial segregation and concentrated poverty. Such policies should be statewide, or at least regional, in scope. Isolated policies encourage leap-frog development that in turn promotes both sprawl and racial segregation. It also argues that state legislatures must adopt coordinated policy approaches, using Oregon's comprehensive land use legislation as an example of policies that effectively promote affordable housing and decrease urban sprawl.
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