The development of black suburban enclaves recreates many of the disadvantages that accompany segregation within the city’s borders. John Logan’s study of black suburbs surrounding Philadelphia concludes that they are systematically different from white suburbs. They have more low-income families, a higher proportion of renters (as opposed to homeowners), more social problems like violent crime, and fewer resources. Logan’s sample of black suburbs had an average per capita tax base that was 30 percent lower in 1980 than white suburbs, and they carried an average municipal debt that was double the debt of white suburbs. In short, they had less money to cope with more substantial public problems. (p. 98, “Philadelphia: Neighborhoods, Division, and Conflict in a Postindustrial City” --Published in 1991 by Temple University Press)
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The Memory Remains
A throw –a-way paragraph, tucked neatly at the end of a chapter in a book few people will ever read.
Few people have ever read.
But a paragraph that cuts directly to the heart of community development in not just Philadelphia, but for suburbs of major cities the nation over.
It is a paragraph that describes the “Black Undertow” phenomenon in exacting detail:
Of course, all disparities found in the standard of living between white suburbs and black suburbs can only be blamed on some form of ‘racism’.
You could be in Atlanta, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Memphis, Baltimore, Birmingham, Chicago, Nashville, or Indianapolis and the situation will be exactly the same.
Either there exists a pervasive, nationwide conspiracy by white people to systematically hold-down black economic growth - combined with a dissoluble weapon, introduced in the water supply, that specifically targets certain genes exclusive to blacks causing them to act in a violent manner - or the conditions described in “Philadelphia: Neighborhoods, Division, and Conflict in a Postindustrial City” of disparities between black and white suburbs are just a natural outgrowth of... racial differences.
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