A new report shows that the rising housing costs in major cities
— and in the Bay Area, in particular — are causing segregation
to get worse as minorities are forced out of their former neighborhoods and cities are divided between rich and poor as the middle class erodes.
The Bay Area is now on track to achieve redlining-era segregation levels, only this time de facto instead of de jure.
A story in The Guardian
this week also look at the interaction between gentrification and climate change in Brooklyn
in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, where even though areas next to the water are poised to flood with rising sea levels, property prices are still surging as the wealthy want to live nearer to the water. While cities elsewhere in the world have built infrastructure to try to hold back the water, it’s far less common in American cities.
Coastal megacities from London to Tokyo and Rotterdam to Shanghai have installed seawalls, storm surge barriers, super-levees and dyke-rings to keep the water out of the streets. New York has not. […] Flood protection, many urban planners predict, may only be available to those who can afford to pay for it themselves.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth Warren introduced a bill earlier
this week aimed at boosting affordable housing construction and dismantling racist zoning practices. This would only go part of the way to addressing the issue, however, as inequality is at the center of the resegregation currently underway in urban America.