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Chicago is Still Too Segregated

September 16, 2016

Published in the Chicago Tribune

Sadly the wonderful photo in Thursday’s Perspective section showcasing London's racial and ethnic diversity on public transit could not be replicated in Chicago. Often characterized as the most segregated U.S. city, our trains and buses follow a different pattern. As they travel from communities of color to white neighborhoods, it is fascinating, yet painful, to watch one racial group gradually exit, as another one climbs aboard until the pattern of transit segregation is complete. Mayor Sadiq Khan, shown front and center in the London photo, beams with obvious pride. I hope a Chicago transit photo like this one is among the many racial equity goals Mayor Rahm Emanuel strives to achieve.

 

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