Ferguson’s segregation has similar patterns to Chicago
As unrest continues in Ferguson, protesters point to racial segregation as a source of tension between residents and city leaders. And while racial segregation is often seen as an urban issue, more suburban communities struggle to integrate. In the 1990s, Ferguson participated in Oak Park Exchange Congress, a group of civic leaders sharing ideas on how to improve racial tensions in changing communities. So what happened to Ferguson after the Exchange Congress, and how does it compare to suburban housing patterns in Chicago? We talk with Rob Breymaier from the Oak Park Regional Housing Center about the historical connections between suburban housing in Chicago and St. Louis.
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