Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A Discussion on Segregation, Fair Housing, and the Future

Posted By on 05.03.11 at 06:22 PM

We’ve read a lot lately about Chicago’s shifting demographics. The 2010 census illustrated how Chicago is a shrinking city. The suburbs are growing, changing our economy. Public housing that once defined parts of the Chicago is gone.

Yet for all the alterations Chicago has undergone, it remains a case of the more things change, the more they stay the same.

That much was clear in Steve Bogira’s in-depth look at Chicago’s segregation problem back in March.

In one of the most telling paragraphs, Bogira wrote:

There's not just a lack of legitimate jobs in these areas today, but also a surplus of people without skills—and more of them have criminal records now as well, from the war on drugs. Predatory lending has multiplied the number of abandoned buildings in these neighborhoods.

Tomorrow morning, Bogira will be part of a panel discussion hosted by the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance, as part of its recognition of Fair Housing Month. Experts will talk about what the census figures mean for the Chicago area and the housing market, as well as what can be learned from the experience, research, and opinions of the panelists.

Joining Bogira on the panel—“Chicago Region 2011: Responses to Changing Demographics and Persistent Segregation”—are Maurice McGough of HUD’s local Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity program center; Juliana Gonzalez-Crussi, an analyst from the Latino Policy Forum; Kenneth Gunn, first deputy commissioner of the Chicago Commission on Human Relations, and Lori Sommers, director community development for Maywood.

CAFHA president Rob Breymaier and Matt Hall, a visiting professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will also discuss how segregation continues to define this region.

The event lasts from 9:30 AM to 12 PM at John Marshall Law School, 315 S. Plymouth, room 503. Registration begins at 9 AM. You can RSVP by contacting Patricia Fron at pfron@lcbh.org or 312-784-3505.

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