Noted that the APA is pushing a book entitled "The Geography of Opportunity" this month that apparently addresses housing choices with this teaserI'm not sure that I'll ever read it but it did get me thinking about how there is a very fine line between "racial preference" and "racial prejudice".Equality begins at home—which is why the inequality of housing choices for racial minorities and low-income families is one of the most pressing issues facing American democracy today. This blockbuster book has analysts, advocates, and practitioners across the country talking about segregation: why it persists; how it undermines education, job prospects, health, and safety; and what can be done to end it.
It just seems very human of us to want to live, play, worship, etc. where we can afford to and with people who are like us. Without a doubt, limited income limits the opportunities available but that doesn't imply racial prejudice. Here in the Dallas area, I see large populations of economically and ethnically similar people and I have to assume that the better-off folks are living together because they want to, not because they have to.
Are we, as planners, too quick to jump on the prejudice bandwagon?