As income inequality changes the landscape of American cities, places like Chicago are losing minorities to the suburbs. Between 2000 and 2001, 181,000 Black residents moved away, looking for more opportunity and safer neighborhoods.
For context, we turn to Richard Florida, demographic researcher and author of The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class—and What We Can Do About It. He says inconsistent economic regulation keeps certain kinds of people working and investing in a city, while forcing others out. Florida will address these issues at the Chicago Forum on Global Cities, hosted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and The Financial Times from June 7-9, 2017.