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Apart and Parcel: What Housing Segregation in D.C. Looks Like

For the first time since a brief moment in the 1950s, neither African-Americans nor Caucasians account for a majority of D.C.’s population. The District of Columbia is at its most diverse, but the city remains grossly divided, a reality noted with such frequency that it threatens to become a cliché. That division, though, isn’t just rhetorical or political: It’s geographic.

The persistence of black-white residential segregation reflects the nation’s inability to fully overcome the legacy of slavery, and it negatively affects education attainment, race relations, and productivity. Despite nearly a century of legal and legislative struggles to integrate our blocks, segregation by race is still the norm in the District.

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  • RT

    Really groundbreaking stuff here.

  • http://learninglover.com AfterMath

    I'd be curious to see the trends of this data. We know DC has been majority Black for some time so this really just shows where people are moving in. And the areas east of the Anacostia are the areas that a diverse set of people aren't really moving in.

  • dcdotcom

    So what else is new...?

  • WtP

    I feel like this graphic would have been better presented with the Willie Wonka meme "Whites live in NW? Hispanics in Adams Morgan? Blacks live NE and SE? Tell me more.."

  • Kat

    I lived in a majority minority neighborhood for 2 years. I moved when I got fed up with the taunts on the bus. I now pay way too much for a tiny closet, but on my bus no one ever tells anyone they must be on the wrong bus because of the color of their skin.

  • name

    Way to go only skin deep on a subject.

    Control for economic class and the story changes. This is easier to do in the suburbs. It's difficult in DC because there was a conscious choice made by DC's black political class to push out middle class blacks AND whites and promote immigration of poor blacks from other parts of the country.

    It's segregated because DC's blacks made it segregated.

  • Cap City Records Panhandler

    Doesn't the guy work for DHCD?

  • DHCD

    Chris - you're fired.

  • Dcdab

    Sad statistics for everybody.

  • Cap City Records Panhandler

    A tinge of agit prop here.... and?

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  • PigPen

    Ok, what should we now go and do?

  • Matt C

    The anti-gentrification crowd would like to see this segregation stand.

  • http://craignelsen.com NeoNon

    When I read this, I can almost hear it chanted in sing-song recitation by a classroom of third graders:

    "The persistence of black-white residential segregation reflects the nation’s inability to fully overcome the legacy of slavery, and it negatively affects education attainment, race relations, and productivity."

  • Hallem Williams

    The issue is not that the racial, social, economic division exists. The issue is what we're going to do about it.

  • Chris Dickersin-Prokopp

    @CapCityPanhandler 2:22pm - I did, until you got me fired

  • Rob

    What's the source of this data? Census 2010? ACS? And what's the unit of analysis? Census tract? Block group?

  • Brightwood’s Best

    This is not new information. In fact a couple of years earlier there was an essay written by a former DC planner for a book called "East of the River: Continuity and Change" that pretty much shows how the powers that be made sure that the housing segregation remained the way it is today in DC. This should not be a big surprise to folks.

  • Chris Dickersin-Prokopp

    @Rob - 2010 decennial census, census tracts

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